Cameron Norrie has warned that Rafael Nadal can’t be underestimated at the US Open as he noted that the Spaniard has a history of returning with a “crazy level” of tennis. Nadal has played just one match going into the US Open and he definitely didn’t have a great preparation for the US Open.
Norrie, who made his first Grand Slam semifinal at this past Wimbledon, is hoping for another deep Grand Slam run at the US Open but he is aware that the competition won’t be giving him anything easy. “You always think Rafa is going to be done soon and he comes back and he plays a crazy level,” Norrie said, via Tennis365.
“I think there’s so many good guys coming through with Charlie (Carlos Alcaraz), (Jannik) Sinner, Felix (Auger-Aliassime). It is kind of a different generation coming through but I’m going to give myself the best chance and work as hard as I can in order to try and do that (win a slam).
I was obviously in the tournament because I was trying to win Wimbledon. It’s looking a little bit more realistic now and especially my end goal of trying to be world one”.
Norrie on making a Grand Slam second week for the first time
Norrie, 27, made the Wimbledon semifinal before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
Norrie maybe didn’t win Wimbledon but still it was a very positive run for him. “It was a big goal at the start of the year to make the second week for the first time and to do that and go a couple further was obviously great and to play the level that I did in those rounds beyond that was very cool.
Just the same goal, to try make the second week again and then go from there,” Norrie said. In the US Open first round, Norrie plays Benoit Paire. Paire has been struggling with his game all year long and Norrie is the absolute favorite to win that match.