Andy Murray has backed Cameron Norrie to ‘do an Emma’ and beat Novak Djokovic on Centre Court. Norrie takes on the defending Wimbledon champion in a frightening task in his first ever Grand Slam semi-final on Friday afternoon. He knows he would face Nick Kyrgios in Sunday’s final after Rafael Nadal withdrew injured.
The one living British men’s Wimbledon finalist nevertheless passed on some tricks to Norrie on the practice courts earlier this week and feels that the 26-year-old can stun tennis similar to Emma Raducanu did to win the US Open last 12 months.
“We’ve seen some stuff in tennis over the previous few years that nobody expected, like with Emma,” Murray said. “Novak had a really tough match against Jannik Sinner which I don’t think many were expecting.
“He got here through it nevertheless it was tight and Cam is correct up there with guys like Sinner straight away when it comes to rating and results. It’s an unbelievably difficult obstacle nevertheless it’s going to be close.
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“It’s an unbelievably difficult ask, however the thing that you could guarantee with Cam is he’ll give himself the perfect opportunity to win. He’ll fight for each single point, he’s going to compete extremely hard and he doesn’t make it easy for anyone.
“Each time I have been on court with him or around him, he’s had a top-class attitude. He gets probably the most out of each rehearsal, works extremely hard and he’s benefiting from his talent and skill.
“He’s among the finest players on this planet and he’s been doing it consistently for the last seven or eight months. I do not believe that you just get into the highest positions on this planet without working extremely hard.
“You’ll hope every player could be like that and take a look at to get probably the most out of themselves like Cam, but that won’t the case with everybody. He’ll go so far as possible for him and his ability, and that is the perfect thing that you could do as an athlete — get probably the most out of yourself, and he’s doing that.”
Murray’s support can be an enormous lift for Norrie, but at Wimbledon, sadly, it is not any guarantee of success. Father of the British No 1 David Norrie, was asked if his son’s success here had been rewarded with an invitation to hitch the All England Club.
“I do not know the inner workings of the club but he hasn’t got membership yet,” he said. “I believe Andy proposed him, but I believe they work at a distinct pace, so we’ll see.”