‘A huge win’ – Norrie keeps British hopes alive
Cameron Norrie was delighted with his win over in-form Aslan Karatsev at the second round of Queen’s Club.
The British No. 2 defeated Russian Aslan Karatsev 7-5, 6-2 in the second round of the ATP 500 tournament.
“It was a big step-up. Especially on returns I felt very comfortable. On the serve and first ball it was coming back at me quickly and he started strong, I managed to hold my serve and stay with him. A huge win for me and definitely a huge step-up from my first round on Monday against Albert (Vinolas).” Norrie said in his post-match interview.
Well played, @cam_norrie 👏👏
7-5, 6-2 vs No.5 seed Aslan Karatsev to reach his first Queen's QF!
It's the 14th time this season that Norrie has beaten a higher-ranked opponent and just the 2nd time in his career that he's won back-to-back matches on grass.#cinchChampionships pic.twitter.com/Kxv2oYSJfP
— cinch Championships (@QueensTennis) June 16, 2021
“In the second set 5-1 game he was serving and volleying out of the blue, which was pretty tricky but I stayed focussed and held my serve well in the last game so it was real nice to get through that.”
“Credit to him (Karatsev) he is having a great year, winning a lot of matches so it’s a good win for me and another match on the grass.”
The world No. 41 added on facing either Alexander Bublik or British youngster Jack Draper in the third round: “Bublik is having a phenomenal year and is very tricky, great serve. Same with Jack, had the biggest win of his career on Monday. I wish him all the best and hopefully he shows his level today. Regardless, it will be a tough match next.”
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