British tennis star Cameron Norrie is ready to face record 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal. Norrie, ranked at No. 45 in the world, will try to complete one of the toughest tasks in tennis -- beat Nadal at Roland Garros.
“I feel great physically, which is a bonus for me, and I’ll back my legs against anyone, even against Rafa,” Norrie said after beating Lloyd Harris.in the second round. “But I’m going to have to execute, and it’s not going to be easy”.
“I think the first time I played him in Australia I served very well, and I found his backhand a lot and he did use the slice a lot. “It was quite smart on the hard courts there. I think when I was hitting my backhand hard cross to his backhand and pinning him in that corner and then drilling him into the forehand, I think I did that well at times.
“And then on the clay in Barcelona I didn’t serve as well, so that made it very tricky for me there. “I think especially with my backhand I can do a lot of damage. I’m not going to give too much away.
So just focus on what I’ve been doing well and go and try and execute and leave it all out on the court, and I think just use my legs to my advantage."
Norrie enjoying his best days on the Tour
“There’s no secrets out there.
Just hard work, keep training every day,” Norrie said. “I think the biggest thing is I’m attacking tennis in all aspects and taking it to a different level professionally and handling everything on the court and off the court and making it very businesslike, like I’m the CEO of a company, and I’m doing things very smoothly.
“I think when you’re taking care of everything off the court and you just get out there and you can go play and you’re not worrying about anything else”. His improvements have not gone unnoticed either.
“He’s a great player,” said Nadal after setting up the clash by beating Gasquet. “He’s winning plenty of matches this year, no? “Every week he’s making good results, winning against very good players.
I know gonna be a tough one. I need to be ready to play my best. I know he has a style of game that is not easy to play against. I need to play well”.