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Auckland hill-running is paying off for Briton Cameron Norrie as he prepares to extend US Open journey with third round tie against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Friday Cameron Norrie has never been at round three of a Grand Slam before now The Briton faces Spain's Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the US Open on Friday  Norrie is indebted to pre-Open training in New Zealand, where his parents live 

By Mike Dickson for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 BST, 3 September 2020 | Updated: 01:20 BST, 4 September 2020

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When lockdown brought an abrupt suspension to the tennis season in March, Cam Norrie had the luxury of being able to head to one of the safest places on earth.

Instead of going back to his London flat when California's Indian Wells Masters event was cancelled, he flew to New Zealand to be with his parents. 

That decision has probably contributed to him making his best progress so far at a Grand Slam event, into the third round of the US Open. 

Cameron Norrie has gone further than he has ever gone before at this year's US Open

Cameron Norrie has gone further than he has ever gone before at this year's US Open

The fitness work he was able to crack on with saw him rebound impressively from the five sets it took to beat ninth seed Diego Schwartzman in the opening round.

Then he came out on top of a dour baseline battle with another Argentine, Federico Coria, late on Wednesday night and now has a real chance of further progress. 

The 25-year-old southpaw,

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