Brit Cameron Norrie is looking forward to having a ‘crack’ at Rafael Nadal in the third round of Roland Garros on Saturday.
Nadal is looking to make history at this year’s French Open, winning not only his 14th Roland Garros title, but his 21st Grand Slam Championship which would put him ahead of Roger Federer for the most major titles by any man.
No other player has been more dominant at one tournament as Nadal at Roland Garros, and the Spaniard is looking strong so far, winning both of his first matches in straight sets.
He will come up against British Cameron Norrie, a player he has played twice this season already at the Australian Open and in the Barcelona quarter-final, both won by the world number three.
But Norrie, who comes off a good run in Lyon reaching the final, says the pressure is on Nadal and he will back his own fitness against any player.
“It is another great opportunity to have a crack at him,” Norrie said.
“Obviously I’m going to be the underdog going in there, so no pressure on me. I will go out, see if I can execute my game and frustrate him.
“It is another wonderful experience for me playing him again in the third round of a slam, especially where he’s been very dominant.
“I feel great physically, which is a bonus for me. I’ll back my legs against anyone, even against Rafa. But I’m going to have to execute, and it’s not going to be easy.”
Norrie’s second round victory over Lloyd Harris was his 25th of the season and his appearance in the third round could see him reach his highest ever career ranking of 40th place.
“It would be great for me to get a career high,” said Norrie.
“I think I’m a lot more calm in bigger moments than I had been in the past.
“I’ve been very consistent and have kept the momentum with me, not really letting too many little things throw me off. I’ve been pretty dead set on improving and bringing my level every day.
“I don’t think I’m playing, like, out-of-this world excellent. I’m doing a lot of fundamentals well, and I think that’s paying off.”
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