Cameron Norrie says he is no longer 'a guy who came out of college' as he targets a deep run at Wimbledon
British No. 1 Cameron Norrie thinks a higher seeding could help him in this year's Wimbledon as he readies himself to get underway against Spain's Pablo Andujar on Monday. Norrie, seeded ninth for the 2022 edition after a strong run of form over the last 12 months, says using his experience of previous big matches - such as against Roger Federer in 2021 - should stand him in good stead.
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"I've played a few Wimbledons now, a couple of big matches on Centre Court, so I can use all that to my advantage, just try to be as calm as possible in those matches and try to play my best level in those bigger matches.
“It's a big goal for me to reach the second week - I'd like to tick that box. It obviously helps with the seeding and having a slightly better draw.
“But there's a long way to go, a lot of tennis to be played. I've got a lot of improvement and a lot of upside in my game still, so I'm looking forward to the challenge of that. There's plenty of good guys in the draw, so it's not going to be easy at all.
"I think I belong on the big stage now, obviously this is my first time in the other locker room [for seeded players], so it feels good just being in there.
"Last year I had a decent run, making the third round. I'm pretty experienced on the grass, more than previous years. I feel more and more comfortable every year.
Cameron Norrie of Great Britain celebrates a point during his men's singles third round match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during Day Six of The Championships - Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 03, 2021 in London,
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"I feel ready, and I'm looking forward to getting going.”
On Andujar, Norrie knows he will be up against a player that can give him problems if he is not on his game - and is wary of looking past the encounter with the world No. 100.
“I would say grass is not his [Andujar's] favourite surface, but he's made the third round before," the Briton said.
"He returns very well. He can definitely play well on the surface.
“I look at the first couple matches [of the draw]. There's no point for me looking too far down the line. There are so many match-ups that could happen.
"I look at my section, I'm not planning my way all the way to the final. Maybe the first couple of matches. Try to take it match-by-match.”
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