Brit Cameron Norrie is wanting ahead to having a ‘crack’ at Rafael Nadal within the third spherical of Roland Garros on Saturday.
Nadal is trying to make historical past at this 12 months’s French Open, successful not solely his 14th Roland Garros title, however his twenty first Grand Slam Championship which might put him forward of Roger Federer for essentially the most main titles by any man.
No different participant has been extra dominant at one event as Nadal at Roland Garros, and the Spaniard is wanting robust up to now, successful each of his first matches in straight units.
He’ll come up in opposition to British Cameron Norrie, a participant he has performed twice this season already on the Australian Open and within the Barcelona quarter-final, each received by the world quantity three.
However Norrie, who comes off an excellent run in Lyon reaching the ultimate, says the stress is on Nadal and he’ll again his personal health in opposition to any participant.
“It’s one other nice alternative to have a crack at him,” Norrie mentioned.
“Clearly I’m going to be the underdog getting in there, so no stress on me. I’ll exit, see if I can execute my recreation and frustrate him.
“It’s one other fantastic expertise for me enjoying him once more within the third spherical of a slam, particularly the place he’s been very dominant.
“I really feel nice bodily, which is a bonus for me. I’ll again my legs in opposition to anybody, even in opposition to Rafa. However I’m going to must execute, and it’s not going to be simple.”
Norrie’s second spherical victory over Lloyd Harris was his twenty fifth of the season and his look within the third spherical may see him attain his highest ever profession rating of fortieth place.
“It might be nice for me to get a profession excessive,” mentioned Norrie.
“I believe I’m much more calm in greater moments than I had been previously.
“I’ve been very constant and have saved the momentum with me, probably not letting too many little issues throw me off. I’ve been fairly useless set on bettering and bringing my stage day by day.
“I don’t assume I’m enjoying, like, out-of-this world glorious. I’m doing plenty of fundamentals effectively, and I believe that’s paying off.”