Rising British star Cameron Norrie insisted he wasn't "fazed by the occasion" after losing to world No. 7 Kei Nishikori in the Wimbledon second round on his Centre Court debut. The 23-year-old made a good start to the match but failed to keep up his level as eighth-seeded Nishikori claimed a straight-set win 6-4 6-4 6-0 to set up a third round meeting against American Steve Johnson.
After clinching his maiden Wimbledon win on Tuesday after beating Denis Istomin in the first round, world No. 55 Norrie admitted that he would love to get a chance to play against the Japanese on the Centre Court. The Briton claimed the first break of the match after breaking Nishikori in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead but that was all as the Japanese dominated the rest of the match to avoid an upset.
"I just wanted to focus on my tennis starting off, and I think I got off to a great start," Norrie said post-match, per the BBC. "I don't think I was really too fazed by the occasion, but a phenomenal experience today.
I was just really happy with the way I handled myself. "I think it was a great experience for me, and I think I have progressed a lot with my tennis and with my game. So I'm really excited for next year."