Cameron Norrie warned against underestimating Rafael Nadal at the US Open, noting that the Spaniard has a history of coming back with a «crazy level» of tennis. Nadal has only played one match before the US Open and he definitely did not have a great preparation for the US Open.
Norrie, who made her first Grand Slam semi-final at last Wimbledon, is hoping for another deep Grand Slam run at the US Open but is aware the competition will not make it easy for her. «You always think that Rafa will be done soon and he comes back and plays at an unbelievable level,» Norrie said, via Tennis365.
“I think there are so many good guys that come with Charlie (Carlos Alcaraz), (Jannik) Sinner, Felix (Auger-Aliassime). It’s kind of a different generation coming up, but I’m going to give myself the best chance and work as hard as I can to try and do that (win a Grand Slam).
He was obviously in the tournament because he was trying to win Wimbledon. It looks a bit more realistic now and especially my ultimate goal of trying to be a world one.»
Norrie on making a Grand Slam the second week for the first time
Norrie, 27, reached the Wimbledon semi-final before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
Norrie may not have won Wimbledon, but it was still a very positive race for him. “It was a big goal at the beginning of the year to do the second week for the first time and to do that and go a couple further was obviously great and to play at the level that I did in those rounds beyond that was great.
Just the same goal, try to do the second week again and then go from there,» Norrie said. In the first round of the US Open, Norrie plays Benoit Paire. Paire has been struggling with his game all year and Norrie is the absolute favorite to win that game.