Cameron Norrie walked off Centre Court docket at Wimbledon on Friday having misplaced to Novak Djokovic in his first main semi-final. Though the Briton has a lot to be happy with after a memorable fortnight, the expertise has left him hungry for extra.
“Nice expertise. I can take a variety of confidence from it. To succeed in the semis, attain the Friday of the second week, is fairly sick. However I feel for me, I wish to go [for] extra and I wish to do extra of that and go one additional and attempt to win a Slam,” Norrie stated.
“Lots of firsts for me this week, a variety of good experiences. Hopefully I can take them in my stride. I feel wanting, evaluating to Novak, I feel it was simply the extent of execution from him right now was higher than me. His stage of focus, the best way he dealt with his service video games was higher than me. That was the distinction.”
For a second, it appeared Norrie was in good place to push for his first main remaining after storming by means of the primary set 6-2. However Djokovic rebounded with devastating type by means of the remainder of the match to triumph after two hours and 35 minutes.
“I feel I performed okay. I simply made a variety of returns. I hit the spots effectively on my serve. Like I stated, it was the most important match of my profession. I feel it was a six out of 10 set. I feel I used to be operating loads, put a variety of balls within the court docket,” Norrie stated. “I felt like he was a bit nervous. He wasn’t serving in addition to I’ve seen him serve. I used to be profitable all of the rallies and profitable all of the longer factors. It was a stable set.
“I knew that I needed to maintain elevating the extent to have an opportunity. A semi-final, my first Grand Slam, if you take the set 6-2, you’re taking that. Yeah, it was an excellent begin, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient.”
Djokovic Ends Norrie’s Run, Reaches Wimbledon Remaining
Earlier than this version of Wimbledon, Norrie had by no means superior previous the third spherical at a significant. However having lifted his first ATP Masters 1000 trophy final yr at Indian Wells and competed within the Nitto ATP Finals, the lefty was prepared for the second.
“Coming in right here and type of getting by means of the draw within the style that I did, dealing with the events of taking part in Centre Court docket, taking part in Court docket 1, taking part in guys that I am really [favoured] to beat, being in conditions in fourth rounds, quarters, the place I am really getting in favoured, it is not simple,” Norrie stated. “It is at all times good going into these matches being the underdog and you have nothing to lose.
“For me, I went on the market and there was a variety of stress on me to win. I had good probabilities to win. So for me to come back out and serve out units, serve out matches, and have the nerve to do this, to have the extent of focus, simply general it was a variety of enjoyable doing that.”
The most effective components of the expertise for Norrie was having the British followers behind him. The 26-year-old was the final British singles participant remaining, they usually tried to assist push him all the best way.
“Everybody bought behind me. The ambiance was unimaginable. Particularly serving that recreation out towards [David] Goffin to make my first semi-final was fairly loopy,” Norrie stated. “I feel it is all occurred in a short time. I will have a variety of time to mirror on all the things. However it’s powerful proper now to consider it an excessive amount of. Clearly simply getting knocked out.
Lots of good studying for me.”
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