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Full stretch: Cameron Norrie on his way to victory. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Full stretch: Cameron Norrie on his way to victory. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Full stretch: Cameron Norrie on his way to victory. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Cameron Norrie took inspiration from Andy Murray as he made it three British men through to the third round at Wimbledon for the first time this century.

Norrie thumped wild card Alex Bolt 6-3 6-1 6-2 to join Murray and Dan Evans in the last-32 and will take on Roger Federer next.

It was back in 1999 when Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski and Danny Sapsford all made it through to round three, and the fact it had not happened since says everything about the lack of strength in depth in British tennis.

The same is still true but, in Evans and Norrie, Britain has two genuine world-class performers, and they have the perfect role model in Murray.

Norrie said: “It’s obviously unbelievable to have three British guys in the third round, especially for Andy. I watched both his matches. He’s battled through some tough moments out there.

“I think it’s great that he’s come through that. I’m happy for him that he’s feeling good out there again.

“It’s great for us to have each other to bounce off. I practised with Andy a lot last year over the break and during the Battle of the Brits, and Evo a lot. It’s great that each of us are pushing each other.

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“All credit to Evo. He’s playing great. He had a very comfortable win yesterday. All of us have good opportunities to go even further. It’s great that we’re all going deep, especially at Wimbledon.

“We have some younger ones, some very good talent coming through, as well. It’s just cool for all of us to have Andy still around playing and chatting to him, hearing his insights.

“Obviously he speaks about the game at such a high, high level, so in depth. It’s nice to see the way he approaches matches and situations and practices, seeing how him and his team work. I think it’s great for the future generations like myself, leading into some of the younger guys, as well.”

Great Britain’s Emma Raducanu continued her Wimbledon fairytale with a sensational win over Marketa Vondrousova to make the third round.

The 18-year-old backed up a round-one victory over Vitalia Diatchenko to claim the biggest triumph of her career with a 6-2 6-4 success on Court 12.


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