Can Cameron Norrie still reach the ATP Tour finals powered by strong Asian swing?
Cameron Norrie has endured a rollercoaster season that has seen him reach some new highs but also suffer some extreme lows.
Norrie is upbeat about his chances of turning things around on the Asian Swing.
He feels that he is physically in great shape as he gets ready to feature in China for the first time in four years.
Norrie doesn’t believe that his season goal of reaching the ATP Tour finals is out of reach just yet even if he has let the leading pack get away from him just a little.
“At the start of the year that was a huge goal [but] there were a couple of things that got in the way of that, mostly in the level of my tennis,” Norrie said from Zuhai.
“I’ve been really working hard to bring the quality up again in my practice sessions and my team has been great with me and I think I’m ready to have a big week again.
“Honestly, in previous years, I’ve thought I’ve played my best tennis here in Asia, but I never had a really big result. Someone always came up and beat me and played well against me. But I think I’m going to be pretty dangerous these next few weeks. It’s going to take someone very good to stop me.”
Norrie has been gutted with his efforts in the Grand Slams in 2023, labelling his performances as disappointing.
“I was really going into the season to try to prioritise the Grand Slams and I was not able to play my best at those tournaments and I was very disappointed with that,” Norrie said.
“I think I can learn a lot from how I handled those weeks … and I think, over five sets, I should be tougher to beat.
“But I’m going to have to go away and work really hard with my team in the off-season and really embrace the Grand Slams in the future.”
Norrie lost both his singles matches during the Davis Cup break but says that Great Britain’s team progressing lifted him ahead of his trip to China.
“I’ve actually never felt so good after getting chopped, losing two matches. I was able to come away feeling so good and it is not often you have that in tennis,” he said.
“It was a huge honor to represent my country again and I definitely took a lot of positives from the week and I was really happy with the way it finished.”
Norrie faces Australian qualifier Marc Polmans in the Zhuhai last 16 on Saturday in his first match of the Asian swing.
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