Wimbledon: British number 1 crushes American, books last 16 place

Cameron Norrie breezed into the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career with a straight-sets battering of American Steve Johnson. 

Norrie, the low-profile British No1, is in danger of making a genuine household name of himself after this ruthless display set up a last-16 date with another American, Tommy Paul. 

The Centre Court crowd roared on the ninth seed with chants of “Norrie, Norrie, Norrie, Oi! Oi! Oi!” as he demolished Johnson 6-4 6-1 6-0 in a one-sided third-round clash.  

It is the first time in five years a British man has made the fourth round at the All England Club.

Norrie, playing his 19th Grand Slam, said: “It feels really good to do it here at Wimbledon, at home, with all my friends and family watching. I enjoyed it and it was less stressful than the previous round. 

“I want to keep going and keep ticking more boxes – and I’m as ready as I can be.”   

Norrie’s display was all about lung power and tenacity, as he never looked back after breaking Johnson to clinch the first set.  

It is not as Britain has been stuffed to the seams with top-ten world-ranked tennis players over the years – yet Norrie can still walk down Wimbledon High Street without being asked for a selfie. 

He is a man of the world – a Scottish father, a Welsh mother, born in South Africa, raised in New Zealand and schooled in Texas. The fact that he supports the All Blacks at rugby suggests he is not as 

It does not help that Norrie, 26, has never enjoyed a serious run at a Grand Slam until now – coming a cropper against Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal in previous third-round matches at the Majors.

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