World No. 13 Cameron Norrie has acknowledged that he would really like to make the Nitto ATP Finals. On Wednesday, Norrie continued his hunt for a Nitto ATP Finals berth after beating Reilly Opelka 6-3 6-4 in the Paris Masters second round.
Casper Ruud and Jannik Sinner still own the last two spots but Norrie and Hubert Hurkacz are still very much alive. “I really want to make the top eight and be playing, competing,” said Norrie, per the ATP website.
“There’s only two spots for basically the four of us, so I think it adds another element, and I really like that. Even to be in the conversation even this late in the year, means a lot to me and shows that I have made some improvements this year in my game… I want to play and I want to keep pushing and I want to give everything I've got and try and make that event”.
Norrie welcomes the pressure
A couple of days, Norrie admitted battling for a Nitto ATP Finals brings additional pressure but he is all good with that. "I know who is in the Race,” said Norrie. “I know who I'm competing against.
I'm looking at how they are doing. I think it's very interesting to me, and I think it's cool to have this added pressure of playing for an extra event at the end of the year. “All of us in the contest for it right now have not made this event before.
So it's all very special for us, and it's a great opportunity, but I'm keeping my head down in terms of focusing on what I have to do… I'm doing what I can. I know it's a long shot for me to make the event.
I'm quite far behind, so I've got a lot of work to do, but luckily there's a lot of tennis left to be played. It's cool that I'm in the conversation this late in the year."