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Wimbledon | Norrie proud to be the last Brit standing

Cameron Norrie feels “comfortable” as he occupies the role at Wimbledon which has been donned in recent modern times by Andy Murray: The Great British Hope.

It is a shock to reach the quarter finals for the first time, but it’s no reason to be satisfied Cameron Norrie

The British No.1, relegated from Centre to No.1 Court, takes on Belgian former world No.7 David Goffin for a place in the semi-finals and a possible meeting with reigning champion Novak Djokovic.

Murray won the event twice before being sidelined by hip injury in 2017.

And, although the 35-year-old Scot has made a brave comeback, his bid for a third this year was curtailed in the second round.

A few younger home guns like Jack Draper and Liam Broady have also tasted victory in the men’s singles, while the home favourites Katie Boulter and, especially, Heather Watson, made an impression in the ladies’ event.

But now ninth seed Norrie, a 26-year-old left-hander, stands alone out of the 17 Brits who began the tournament.

Nozza, as he revealed he is known, has improved in each round, looking more than solid as he cruised in the quarter finals by overcoming American 30th seed Tommy Paul.

London-based Norrie said: “‘I’m the last one standing, but I think it’s even more reason for everyone to get behind me,

‘It is a shock to reach the quarter finals for the first time, but it’s no reason to be satisfied. I want to keep pushing. I feel like I’m improving and my level is getting better. I’m definitely a little bit more calm in the bigger matches. There’s expectation but I feel comfortable.”

Norrie was born in South Africa of British parents and brought up in New Zealand before attending college in America.

But he feels at home in Britain. Norrie said: “It’s pretty interesting, my background obviously from various places.

“But I’m living here, basing here – I feel good coming back here, practicing with the younger Brits.

“I think ever since college I’ve been living here – I’m enjoying it. It’s pretty similar to the people and the sports and everything.”

Goffin, who missed last year through injury has made the last eight of a major four times.

Norrie said: “I’m looking forward to the next match. Another challenge. Very experienced player. There’s still a long way to go, but pretty nice to tick the box making the quarters.”

Goffin, world-ranked 58 and aged 31 who has lost to Murray at the Championships, said: “Another British, against Cameron. He played less than me. He played well from the start of the tournament. He played really well. He’s very consistent. He’s a tough opponent to play, but I will try to recover. That’s the most important now. Try to be ready to play against the whole country.”

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