Cameron Norrie ‘feeling great’ as his superb Grand Slam form continues with win over Holger Rune
Cameron Norrie had not gone past the third round of a Grand Slam before Wimbledon this year, but he is now reached the second week of back-to-back majors after seeing off Holger Rune in the third round of the US Open on Saturday.
The British No 1 started the year with four runs to the third round his best appearance and when he exited the French Open at the same stage, he must have thought “here we go again”.
But his Grand Slam story took a positive turn at Wimbledon as he reached the semi-final and he is now into the fourth round of the US Open for the first time.
It was another confident display from the world No 9 as he saw off claimed his third win of the year over the Dane, winning 7-5, 6-4, 6-1 in two hours and 12 minutes.
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It was pretty even contest early in the first set with Norrie breaking in game five and he had two set points in game, but Rune held firm.
He then came out to serve for the set, but the world No 33 found a way through as he broke back. His joy was short-lived as Norrie broke again before serving it out to love.
The 27-year-old then broke in games one and five of the second set, although Rune did get one break back, while he dominated the third set.
The Dane got frustrated midway through the second set as he claimed to the chair umpire that was Norrie taking too long between serves as he believed the Brit was abusing the shot clock, saying his opponent catches his ball toss before serving.
Players get 25 seconds between points, but the clock stops when the server throws up the ball and it theoretically gives server more time.
“Holger is not easy. He can go through patches where he is playing pretty passively and then he hits aggressively, so you have to be ready for anything,” Norrie said. “He has great hands and defends really well at times. I think I stayed a lot calmer than he did throughout the big moments in the match.
“My goal today was to get to two hours and then start the match from then. When it hit two hours I broke to go 2-1 in the third and I pointed to Facu and said, ‘Now the match starts’…I feel great.
“You know how it is, sometimes you start a little bit tight, you play guys who are not great match-ups for you and you get a bit nervous…it was good, I built a lot from my previous two matches and was able to enjoy it today.”
The Brit will face either seventh seed Andrey Rublev or Denis Shapovalov for a place in the the quarter-final.
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