Cameron Norrie contests the first Grand Slam quarter-final of his career against David Goffin this afternoon. The British No1 had never previously gone beyond the third round of a major tournament before an impressive run at the All England Club that has so far included wins over Pablo Andujar, Jaume Munar, Steve Johnson and Tommy Paul.
The draw has no doubt been kind to the ninth seed, who will face his toughest challenge yet against former World No7 Goffin, who has knocked out Radu Albot, Sebastian Baez, Ugo Humbert and Frances Tiafoe so far. Norrie won the only previous meeting between this duo on the ATP Tour, with Goffin retiring hurt while trailing in Barcelona last year.
Despite the sense of occasion around Britain’s top-ranked male player reaching the last eight of his home Grand Slam for the first time, the 25-year-old has not been afforded Centre Court privileges today. Instead, he will be on Court No1 as he battles Goffin for a semi-final berth. Follow the action live below with Malik Ouzia at Wimbledon!
Goffin* 6-3 5-7 6-2 3-4 Norrie
Goffin may be a set up but it feels like Norrie is in the ascendancy here. He’s dominating his own service games and asking questions of the Belgian.
Can he find the break?
Goffin 6-3 5-7 6-2 3-3 Norrie*
Norrie holds again to more roars. The crowd sense we’re moving towards a pivotal part of this match now, with the next break huge.
Goffin gets himself in a pickle advancing to the net – like a batsman done by a yorker as the ball squeezes between the ground and his racquet.
Goffin errs long and Norrie has break point… but Goffin responds with the overhead to force deuce and draws level in the set again.
Goffin 6-3 5-7 6-2 2-2 Norrie*
Again, the crowd is up as Norrie senses a glimmer of an opening at 15-30 but his backhand lob is well wide.
“Leave it!” shouts someone as Goffin slices long, but eventually the Belgian holds. 2-2.
Goffin* 6-3 5-7 6-2 1-2 Norrie
Plenty of shouts of support from the home crowd here on Court No1. The Princess of Cambridge has made her way over from watching Novak Djokovic on Centre Court to join them.
A big cheer as the Brit holds.
Goffin 6-3 5-7 6-2 0-1 Norrie*
A whopping 34 unforced errors from Norrie to Goffin’s 19 at this stage.
Serving to open the fourth set, the Brit watches a shot drop too deep from his opponent to get on the board.
A comfort break for Norrie before the fourth set, so a bit of a wait until we get back underway.
Set Goffin! Goffin 6-3 5-7 6-2 Norrie
Two set points for Goffin and he sits back on an overhit Norrie backhand to go within a set of the semi-finals!
Break! Goffin 6-3 5-7 5-2 Norrie*
Goffin has words for the gallery after going 30-15 down to Norrie’s serve – not clear what had irked the previously serene Belgian.
He lands a lovely backhand to level up the game and goes on to break the Brit back! This third set is very much still his to lose.
Break! Goffin* 6-3 5-7 4-2 Norrie
A more routine service victory for Norrie ahead of a break to collect his thoughts. This has certainly not been his typical performance, while Goffin continues to be a bigger challenge than his rank would portray.
The Belgian’s service game is more trouble than he has been used to this set, until he forces Norrie into two reflexive lobs that opens up a chance for an easy smash winner.
A long rally ends with a delectable drop shot by Norrie to arrive at deuce – and he seals the break!
Goffin* 6-3 5-7 4-0 Norrie
Norrie loses a challenge before dropping 40-15 down and eventually losing the game in a muted Court No1.
Goffin has barely broken a sweat in this third set.