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Tennis News: In Cincinnati, Cameron Norrie defeats Andy Murray by a narrow margin
Tennis News: In Cincinnati, Cameron Norrie defeats Andy Murray by a narrow margin
Tennis News: In Cincinnati, Cameron Norrie defeats Andy Murray by a narrow margin
Tennis Tennis News: In Cincinnati, Cameron Norrie defeats Andy Murray by a narrow...

Tennis News: In Cincinnati, Cameron Norrie defeats Andy Murray by a narrow margin

Tennis News: At the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, fellow Brit Andy Murray lost to Cameron Norrie by a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The Davis Cup teammates had never met previously on the tour, but they battled it out for the entirety of the match before Murray experienced quad cramps late in the third set.

Murray receives care from the physio at the changeover after getting broken at 4-4 in the final set. In the following game, he put Norrie under a lot of pressure, but the British No. 1 stayed strong to hold on and secure victory.

After the game, Murray’s quad continued to hurt him severely, and he required further care merely to try to leave the floor.

In the following round, Norrie will face American wildcard Ben Shelton, who defeated fifth-seeded Casper Ruud 6-3-6-3.

Later on Wednesday, the British player will return to the court to play in a doubles encounter with his Australian partner Alex de Minaur. The two fight Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz.

“I think there really wasn’t much in it,” Norrie said after to Amazon Prime.

“It just came down to a little bit of physicality and it didn’t really help him [Murray] that his match with Stan [Wawrinka] went really, really long. He was struggling a little bit towards the end and I just tried to put a lot of balls in the court in the end.

“For me, I’m still battling with the conditions a little bit, trying to get used to them. I’m trying to find rhythm on my serve, I’ve got a doubles match later to try and work on that. I really just got through with my attitude, I just tried to stay as positive as I could.”

In the first two games, there was a trade of breaks until Murray took over and called the points.

He missed the opportunity to break in Norrie’s second service game, but he persisted in playing on his terms and broke at 4-3 to win the first set. He then served out the next game.

The Scot, who had been moved to tears after his stirring victory over Stan Wawrinka in the previous round, had the chance to take even more control of the match in the first game of the season when he forced a breakpoint.

He attempted a straightforward volley, but it went wide as the court gaped, and Norrie survived.

And when Norrie started to knock on the door, that mistake proved costly. At 2-3, Murray was able to avoid break points, but he was unable to do so again at 3-4 when the British No. 1 struck to go ahead 5-3.

As he attempted to force an immediate break back, he had a score of 40-0, but Norrie was able to dig himself out of difficulty and serve out the set.

In a drawn-out sixth game, Murray recovered and had his big moment, but he missed three break points, and Norrie once more prevailed.

The 35-year-old eventually paid for all those lost chances when a double fault gave his colleague the critical break.

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