Cameron Norrie scorched into the third round of Wimbledon for the first time – and a potential clash with Roger Federer – after a nervous start on No1 Court.
The British No 2 found himself 3-0 down after just ten minutes against Australian wild card Alex Bolt, and a real upset looked on the cards.
But Norrie, who overcame Lucas Pouille in four sets in a game that was held over to Wednesday, eventually came through 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 – with a fluent, impressive display.
Now, if Federer wins against Richard Gasquet on the Centre Court later today, Norrie will be the great Swiss’ next opponent, in that third round.
Norrie, currently ranked 34 in the world, has been having a good summer, having reached the final at Queen’s Club, and his confidence is high, with this victory his 31st of the year.
After that early nervous wobble, Norris in fact reeled off 11 straight games against the Australian wild card Bolt, who is ranked 149.
Norrie held his serve well and constantly threatened Bolt’s, with the Australian struggling to keep up the rhythm of his early successes.
Bolt, 28, fought back hard in the final set, but Norrie’s accuracy of returns were too much for him, and there were too many unforced errors.
Norrie gave a thumbs up and saluted the crowd as he walked off, and grinned: “Come on Gasquet!