Roger Federer praises Cameron Norrie for not being a ‘disappointment’ before Wimbledon tie

Wimbledon day two: Highlights from SW19

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Roger Federer has credited Cameron Norrie for improving his game and not ‘wasting’ his talent ahead of their third-round clash at Wimbledon today. Norrie and Federer have faced off once before back in December 2018 at the Hopman Cup.

At that time, Norrie was still finding his feet on the tour and was outclassed by Federer.

But the British tennis star has come on leaps and bounds since that fateful day, particularly this year.

Norrie has already recorded impressive wins over the likes of Dan Evans, Fabio Fognini, Karen Khachanov and Dominic Thiem as well as reaching the first ATP 500 final of his career.

Wins over Lucas Pouille and Alex Bolt have left him as the only British male left in the men’s singles draw ahead of a hotly-anticipated tie against Federer.

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And Federer has taken full notice of the British No 2’s rise up the rankings this year.

“I see good improvements from him. I remember when he came on tour, he was really steady off the baseline.

“I don’t know what his favorite surface used to be, what it is today.

“When you’re steady, you can play on all surfaces. You would maybe argue it lends itself well for the clay, but then again his backhand is very different to many other guys’ backhands. He doesn’t have much topspin on it.

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“I felt like the first results came on clay. If I’m not mistaken, he also had some Spanish influence, coaches potential. I’m not sure any more.

“But I feel like everything in his game has gotten a little bit better, if it’s just the serve or the zip on the forehand, and the backhand has always been really clean. I think the confidence is growing.

“I feel like he’s worked on his game. This is what I would like to see every player do. When you see them again, for me as an example, a player who hasn’t been around for a year, year and a half, you want to see a different Cam Norrie, you want to see a different player.

“You don’t want to see the same guy again a year and a half or two later who hasn’t improved anything. That is to me just such a waste and such a disappointment.

“But he has not done that. That’s why I’m really happy for him. I’m excited about the match. He’s a good guy, too.

“About the Hopman Cup, I don’t know. Was it the first match of the year? You see what happens. I felt like I played good there. I played really well in Perth every year that I went. I was expecting to win there as well.

“I don’t know, here may be different. He had a good win last week. A very convincing victory today. That clearly gets my attention. I’m excited to play against him in the third round.”

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