Cameron Norrie ‘bolted’ into the third round of Wimbledon for the first time and declared: “I could not be more pleased with myself.”
I'm very happy to be through to the third round, couldn't be more pleased with myself. It was a bit of a tricky start - he came out firing and I was down a break. Cameron Norrie
The British No.2 unlocked Australian wild card Alex Bolt 6-3 6-1 6-2 on No.1 Court.
Norrie has been one of the leading players on the ATP Tour in terms of wins this year.
And he demonstrated just why with his form and ability against Bolt.
Norrie, the 29th seed, said to the crowd: “First of all, unbelievable to be back at Wimbledon this year, you guys were amazing – made it feel more special.
“I’m very happy to be through to the third round, couldn’t be more pleased with myself. It was a bit of a tricky start – he came out firing and I was down a break.”
Victory maintained his forward momentum this year in which he is only third on the ATP Tour behind top-tenners Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and Russian Andrey Rublev in terms of wins.
And his own world ranking of 34 is sure to improve after making the third round of a Slam for the fourth time in a row.
Norrie, though, got off to a slow start and lost the opening three games.
The 25-year-old Queen’s finalist roared back to secure 11 games in succession.
And he broke Bolt twice in the third set as he completed a win in which he displayed the self-confidence gleaned from his 2021 performances.
The encounter, almost inevitably, lacked the drama of compatriot Andy Murray’s late night five-set win over German qualifier Oscar Otte on Centre Court the previous evening.
But another show-court success for the home nation was more than welcome.