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Cameron Norrie beats David Goffin to advance to Wimbledon semi-finals

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Event: All England Club Dates: June 27-July 10
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Britain’s Cameron Norrie battled through to the Wimbledon semi-finals to beat David Goffin in a memorable five-set thriller that left the home fans cheering with glee.

Ninth-seeded Norrie, 26, fought hard to secure a 3-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory against unseeded Belgian Goffin.

As his name was chanted in Room One, he was overcome with emotion.

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Norrie will now contest his first Grand Slam semi-final, facing defending champion Novak Djokovic on Friday.

When asked about his reaction to beating Goffin, Norrie said, “Honestly? Speechless. I can’t even speak.”

The British men’s number one, known for his laid-back demeanor, showed an unusual flash of emotion during his on-pitch interview.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were among 10,000 fans who watched the World No. 12 absorb the prime of his career.

Norrie added: “I think just to win a match like this, I’m in shock. I don’t know what to say now.”

“I have flashbacks of all the hard work and all the sacrifices I’ve had to make and it definitely paid off, and it feels pretty good.”

Norrie is the first Briton to reach the Wimbledon singles semi-finals since Andy Murray in 2016 and the first British player since Johanna Konta in 2017.

He next meets top seed Djokovic, who is chasing a fourth straight title and seventh overall at the All England Club.

The 35-year-old Serb received a major scare from Italy’s Jannik Sinner before fighting back to win in five sets on Tuesday.

“It’s great to understand this now, but it’s only going to get harder,” Norrie added.

“I’m going to take it to Novak and I hope you guys can back me up and I’m sure you will.”

Norrie remains calm in a tense environment

As the highest-seeded Briton in the individual draws, Norrie might have been projected as the last remaining local player, but he was breaking new ground by reaching the quarter-finals.

Now he has gone a step further.

The southpaw had never made it past the third round of a Grand Slam tournament before, despite a good couple of years that have seen him crack the top 10 in the world.

Reserved and discreet, Norrie does not receive, nor seek, the same level of attention that Murray has received throughout his career.

But he has found himself thrust into the spotlight, saying he has been “enjoying and accepting” being the main home hope at Wimbledon.

That was evident in a confident fourth-round performance against Tommy Paul, but lacked in the opening stages against an inspired Goffin.

Still, he refused to get too discouraged and fought back to take a momentum-turning match into a decider.

In front of an enthusiastic crowd that now includes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were previously on Center Court and addressed after Djokovic’s victory, Norrie kept his cool in an increasingly tense situation.

Former world number seven Goffin had served well in the decider until it was broken loveless 6-5 and surprisingly, that was the first time in the match that Norrie had led.

He saw a first match point disappear when Goffin overcame a winner, but seized his second chance to become only the fourth Briton, after Murray, Tim Henman and Roger Taylor, to reach the Wimbledon singles semi-finals in the Open era.

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Norrie’s journey began in Johannesburg and, after moving to Auckland as a child and then studying in Texas, he has since made a home in London.

With a Welsh mother and Scottish father, he was always destined to represent the nation despite retaining a hint of a New Zealand accent.

His parents, microbiologists David and Helen, have been a driving force in his life and watched with pride as they shared the highlight of his career at the All England Club.

The couple still lives in New Zealand and missed out on much of their recent in-person rise due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But they have been following their son at European clay and grass court tournaments since they flew to Rome in May.

Her sister Bronwyn, who lives in London, was also among her loved ones watching on the pitch, along with her elderly landlady, Linda, and friends from her college days in the United States.

After sealing the victory over Goffin, Norrie walked to his box where mother Helen and girlfriend Louise were in awe at the moment.

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