|Brave Cameron Unable To Defeat Swiss Legend|
Putney-based tennis star goes out in third round
Cameron Norrie’s hopes that he might have been coming up against Roger Federer as the Swiss legend’s powers were fading proved unfounded this weekend (Saturday 3 July).
The British number two did manage to take the third set but 20-time major champion winner Roger Federer remains just too good for most ordinary mortals.
He won the third round match 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4 and completed the process of all the British Men’s singles entrants making an early exit from the Championships with Sir Andy Murray and Dan Evans having been defeated the previous day.
Lack of match practice, relatively poor performances in the earlier rounds, recent knee surgery and the approach of his fortieth birthday meant that there was reason to believe Federer might be vulnerable but that was proved not to be the case.
That said, the victory was far from routine for Federer and Cameron never gave up. He started nervously, double faulting three times in his opening service game but managed to hold nevertheless only to be broken in a subsequent game.
He had a couple of break points in the second set but Federer saved them and broke his opponent’s serve in the next game.
In the fourth set, Cameron gave the crowd hope by breaking back after losing an earlier service game but it wasn’t long before Federer had the advantage again.
Federer’s celebration after the winning point was as animated as many he has made when winning in a final as he roared in relief.
He had praise for Cameron after the match telling the press conference, "He deserved that third set, I thought he played excellent today and for me I felt I was able to keep a very high level of play.
"He got the good break at the end of the third but overall I can be very happy with how I played."
Putney-based Cameron has now reached the last 32 of three consecutive Grand Slam tournaments but has been knocked out by one of the sport’s ‘big three’ at this stage every time losing to Rafa Nadal in the Australian and French Opens. His hope now will be that he can maintain his great form of this year and get better luck in the draw in future tournaments.
July 6, 2021