Cam Norrie has plan to overcome Roger Federer as Brit eyes Wimbledon Centre Court upset
Super-fit Cameron Norrie is aiming to run Roger Federer off Centre Court in the Wimbledon third round. The British No 2’s Argentinian coach Facundo Lugones revealed that Norris ran 10,000 metres every day during lockdown, and didn’t take a single day off in his relentless fitness regime.
Norrie faces a massive task against eight-time Wimbledon champion and 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer – but Lugones reckons his sheer honesty, and his formidable fitness, gives the 25-year-old a chance.
Lugones has been Norrie’s coach since 2017, when the pair met at Texas Christian University, where the South African-born star first rose to prominence on the college circuit.
But Norrie’s rise this year has been spectacular, registering 31 wins, reaching finals at the cinch Championships at Queens Club, in Lyon and Estoril with his ranking shooting up to 34th in the world.
And it is all on the basis of Norrie’s phenomenal fitness – and brutal honesty – Lugones believes.
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The Argentine, Norrie’s coach ever since he turned professional four years ago, said: “Cam loves running – his mum Helen is a really good runner too.
“From a very young age he loved running long distances. Over lockdown, the only thing he could do was run. He was running 10k a day every single day for two months.
“So when he came back to London he was in really good shape, and then he would do a couple of really good blocks with his fitness trainer.
“He didn’t take one day off in the last four years. His body has been unbelievable. It’s a combination of running and movement – but Cam’s body can hold up. It can take anything.”
“He is on top of everything now. Before, he would leave everything up to me or to the physio and he didn’t have an idea of what was going on. Now he wants to know everything. He calls himself the CEO of Norrie Capital.
“He not making excuses, not blaming anyone or anything. It’s always about him. That makes things a lot easier to keep getting better, when you are honest with yourself.”
The only time Norris has met Federer so far in his career he lost in straight sets to the Swiss legend in the Hopman Cup in 2018.
Lugones reckons this time out, Norris has to make it a fitness battle against the 39-year-old. “Cam will have to play unbelievably well,” he said. “And try to make it as physical as possible.”
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