Cameron Norrie news: Felix Auger-Aliassime proves too strong for top Brit in Rotterdam
Felix Auger-Aliassime completed a personal British double in Rotterdam as he followed up victory over Andy Murray by seeing off Cameron Norrie.
Having lost his opening four matches of the season, British number one Norrie found his form again in back-to-back wins at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament, but third seed Auger-Aliassime proved a bit too strong in the quarter-finals.
There was little to choose between the pair in a hard-fought contest but the young Canadian, who held a match point against Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, emerged a 7-5 7-6 (4) winner.
Norrie fought back from a break down in the opening set and then opened up an early lead in the second before Auger-Aliassime levelled at 4-4.
Norrie saved two match points in the 12th game to force a tie-break but Auger-Aliassime moved into a 6-2 lead before taking his fifth chance to wrap up victory.
Twenty-year-old Czech Jiri Lehecka continued his breakthrough run by beating Italian Lorenzo Musetti 6-3 1-6 7-5 to reach his first ATP Tour semi-final.
There, he will face top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who has picked up where he left off at the Australian Open and saw off Australia’s Alex De Minaur 6-4 6-4.
“I never expect an easy match [against Norrie],” said Auger-Aliassime after the match. “I came today expecting his best tennis and I had to keep my guard up at all times. It was a difficult match, lots of ups and downs, tough rallies, so I’m super relieved to be through, really happy.”
Norrie entered the Rotterdam event on a five-match losing streak, a run that included a straight-sets defeat to Auger-Aliassime at the ATP Cup.
However, Norrie had impressed in wins over Ugo Humbert and Karen Khachanov to reach the quarter-finals, and he showed those same qualities to fight his way to a 4-2 lead in the second set.
Auger-Aliassime claimed his aggressive style was crucial to his victory.
“You can’t shy away from the challenge, stay tough mentally and physically,” he said. “Again today I was precise with my forehand, especially in the tie-break, I hit a few good winners, that was key for me tonight.”
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