The ninth-seeded Cameron Norrie kept the British flag flying at Wimbledon on Sunday by winning convincingly over American Tommy Paul by scores of 6-4, 7-5, and 6-4 to advance to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
The sole local contender left-handed Norrie will face Belgian David Goffin for a spot in Friday’s semi-finals. Goffin earlier defeated American Frances Tiafoe, the 23rd seed, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.
With his victory, Norrie became the first British man to advance to the Championships’ last eight since two-time champion Andy Murray in 2017. Norrie was the fifth British man overall to do so.
In the midst of raucous applause from the audience, Norrie declared on the court, “To make the quarters for the first time, in front of my family and friends here from college is very special.”
“It was excellent of me to play in such a significant contest. for everything to be done. It was great fun for me. It’s kind of bizarre, and I’m feeling a lot of things.”
The 30th-seeded Paul had won against a left-handed opponent in each of his previous three rounds, but in a tense atmosphere on Court One, he was unable to find a way to pierce Norrie’s precision delivery and control his opponent’s crisp forehand.
Norrie broke Paul’s serve in the first game to take the lead, and in the sixth game, he held off four breakpoints on his own serve to maintain the lead and win the opening set.