Marathon man Cameron Norrie hoping to make his impressive stamina count as British No 2 seeks slugfest with Roger Federer in bid to upset Swiss on Centre Court
- Cameron Norries is able to run 10 kilometres in fewer than 40 minutes
- The British No 2’s coach believes lengthy encounter can help him on Saturday
- He faces Roger Federer in what represents the biggest match of his life
- After winning 31 matches in 2021, Norrie ought to provide stern test for Federer
Cam Norrie takes on Roger Federer on Saturday hoping that he can make the match last as long as possible to make his impressive stamina count.
The British No 2’s coach Facundo Lugones believes that a lengthy encounter can only help his player spring an upset in the biggest match of his life.
Norrie, 25, is among the tour’s iron men, able to run 10 kilometres in under 40 minutes, which could help him against a 39-year-old opponent.
Cam Norrie is hoping he can make his impressive stamina count against Roger Federer
The British No 2’s coach Facundo Lugones believes that a lengthy encounter can only help his player
‘Playing Roger on Centre Court is like playing Rafael Nadal on Chatrier (Roland Garros) or Novak Djokovic on the Rod Laver (Australian Open),’ said Lugones.
‘It’s probably in the top three toughest challenges in tennis. So Cam will have to play unbelievably well and make it as physical as possible.
‘Play long points. Don’t let him dictate, and make it a physical battle. Cam didn’t take one day off in the last four years. His body has been unbelievable.
The Swiss looked more like his old self in beating Richard Gasquet in the second round
‘It’s a combination of a lot of running, a lot of movement, but also his body can hold up, it can take anything.’
After winning 31 matches this year, and having improved elements of his game like the serve and return, Norrie ought to provide a stern test for the eight-time champion. He will have to avoid his recent tendency to start slowly, as Federer will look to impose himself from the off.
The Swiss looked more like his old self in beating Richard Gasquet in the second round, but he will find Norrie less compliant than the Frenchman, one of his traditional whipping boys.
But after winning 31 matches in 2021, Norrie ought to provide stern test for Federer