Cameron Norrie last eight defeat to Seb Korda ends British hopes at Queen’s Club

Cameron Norrie pleased

Cameron Norrie saw his bid for a first grass-court was ended by Sebastian Korda in the quarter-finals of the cinch Championships.

The British number one and fifth seed was beaten 6-4 7-6 (1) by American Korda, the world number 32.

His defeat means there will be no British interest, in singles or doubles, going into the weekend at Queen’s Club for the first time since 2012.

“He served well and took advantage of that,” Norrie said. “I needed to play a few more good points, I needed to tidy up the errors.“The first point of the tie break the second serve return I missed and with the smaller moments on grass you have to be right there mentally otherwise chances can go quickly.”

Korda, who also accounted for British number two Dan Evans in the first round, broke Norrie for 3-2 and had another break point for 5-2 in the opening set.

Norrie wriggled out of that tight spot with a pair of aces, but he was unable to prevent Korda wrapping up the set in 37 minutes.

Norrie, runner-up here in 2021 and a Wimbledon semi-finalist last year, hauled a break back for 3-3 in the second, the first time he had got anywhere near the Korda serve.

But Korda, the son of former Australian Open winner Petr and brother of major champion golfer Nelly, raced away with the tie-break to reach the last four on his Queen’s debut.

“He served and returned really well today and made it difficult for me to find some rhythm,” Cameron Norrie said..

“I think I did well to get myself into the match but I’m pretty disappointed with the way I finished it. In the big moments I haven’t been playing as well as I did earlier in the year. I have to get back to preparing for Wimbledon. I will do my best. I have some time to rest now and prepare as best as I can.”

The 22-year-old, who recently recovered from three months out with a wrist injury, said: “It’s massive. I’m playing really well on grass, I feel comfortable and I’m really enjoying myself here.

“As many matches as I can get, I’m always super happy. Everything is clicking right now.”

Saturday’s first semi-final will see Alex De Minaur face Danish second seed Holger Rune.

Australian De Minaur was watched by his girlfriend, Britain’s Katie Boulter, as he beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-4 4-6 6-4.

Rising star Rune, 20, got past Italian Lorenzo Musetti 6-4 7-5.