Cameron Norrie philosophical about his ATP Finals chances: ‘It’s looking unlikely, I guess’

Cameron Norrie in action

He is “going to go to Turin anyway”, but Cameron Norrie concedes that it will be difficult for him to be one of the top-eight qualifiers for the ATP Finals.

Norrie’s hopes of claiming an outright spot in the season-ending event in Italy took a potentially fatal blow as he was knocked out of the Paris Masters by Taylor Fritz in the third round on Thursday.

“Taylor was too good today,” Norrie said. “[In the] really big moments he served well, came up with big shots, played aggressively, he was moving extremely well. All credit to him. He played a very clean match and was very consistent throughout the whole match, so it was too good.”

The British No 1’s defeat, coupled with Casper Ruud’s victory over Marcos Giron, means only one spot is still up for grabs for the ATP Finals.

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz’s is currently the man in charge as he picked up 90 points with a last-16 win over Germany’s Dominik Koepfer and he will book his ticket to Turin if he wins his quarter-final clash on Friday.

“It’s looking unlikely, I guess. I haven’t done the math or anything, but I think they [Ruud and Hurkacz] were ahead of me already and for them to still be in the tournament it looks difficult,” Norrie said of his chances of qualifying.

“I’m going to go to Turin anyway, I will be an alternate there and then I will go and get prepared and get ready for Davis Cup.”