British number one Cameron Norrie admitted that his Wimbledon quarterfinal win over David Goffin was 'crazy.'
Norrie is the last remaining homegrown player in the competition, and he battled to a five-set win over experienced Belgian Goffin on Court One.
He was behind for much of the contest, but he showed his usual competitive level to haul himself back into the match, and he will now face Novak Djokovic for a place in the Wimbledon final.
"I think every match that I've won this week my mum has cried," Norrie said.
"All the hard work and the sacrifices and everything just kind of all hit me at once," Norrie said.
"Especially the situation here at Wimbledon in front of my family, my friends, and obviously a lot of people following that match.
"It was just a crazy day and crazy match to get through."
Just reaching the quarterfinals was already the best Cameron Norrie had ever done in a Grand Slam, so the semi-final will be a next level entirely for him.
However, former world number one Mats Wilander says no one should be surprised to see Norrie in a Major semi-final.
"It was unbelievable [today], there was not one seat on court number one that was free," Wilander told Eurosport.
"It was a great victory celebration because he didn’t go crazy. Yes, it’s a big deal and he’s through to his first semi-final but there are more matches to be played.
"I really like the way he competes and we have talked about it before and as a competitor he is up there with the very best.
"Hats off to David Goffin because he beat Frances Tiafoe in another five-setter – he didn’t lose this match because he got tired, he lost this match because Cameron Norrie is such a great fighter and the crowd was right behind him. It’s an emotional time for Cameron Norrie.
"He won in Indian Wells last year, is he the most improved player on tour at that age?
"Maybe he is also one of the most unexpected players to have gone to the very top and is in the semi-finals.
"Only the very best players in the world can beat Cameron Norrie on a grass court. He has proven a point that if you have a good attitude, you fight for every point, that a lot of good players can get to the semi-finals at Wimbledon."
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