Britain’s Cameron Norrie is taking on Rafael Nadal in the third round of the Australian Open and says he might ask fellow countryman Andy Murray for tips.
The 25 year old has a big challenge ahead of him having never faced any of the big three before or reached further than the third round of a Grand Slam event.
Norrie, currently ranked 69th, beat fellow Brit Dan Evans in the second round to set up the Nadal match and says he may call on another Brit for advice on how to handle the Spaniard.
“I mean, that would definitely be a good thing to do…I’m going to leave [the game plan] up to my coach, but maybe message Andy (Murray) and see what his thoughts are,” Norrie said.
“We play obviously pretty different, me being lefty, but he’s definitely got some good tips in there.”
Andy Murray doesn’t have a great record against Nadal but has managed to get the better of him in seven of their 24 head-to-head fixtures.
World number two Nadal is currently in impressive form and is yet to drop a set in the Australian Open, despite a suspected back injury, and Norrie knows it will be a big test.
“I think [Nadal has] obviously not really got many weaknesses,” said Norrie.
“So I’m just gonna have to do what I do as well as I can and implement my game and try to play the points on my terms.
“Otherwise if he’s the one dictating, it’s gonna be tough and I’m gonna be running around a lot.
“He’s such a legend of the game, but on Saturday night, [he is] just another player. He’s a human being. [I need to] just go out there and give it to him and see what happens.”
In his own press conference, Nadal responded to a question about Norrie having nothing to lose in the game.
“That’s a philosophy, nothing to lose. But at the same time, he has a match to lose or to win, the same like me,” Nadal said.
“We are in the third round of a Grand Slam. I cannot expect an easy opponent in front [of me]. Norrie will not be an easy opponent.
“I need to be playing at [a] high level if I want to keep having chances to be through. And I am looking forward to trying to make that happen.”
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