A mixed set of milestones for Cameron Norrie following rout by Casper Ruud
Cameron Norrie will likely be both happy and disappointed following his showing at the San Diego Open, making the final at the ATP 250 event.
The British number two played exceptionally in California to reach the final. There, he faced world number 10 Casper Ruud for a shot at the title.
Along the way, Norrie overcame three players ranked above him in consecutive matches. They were Dan Evans (world number 22), Denis Shapovalov (13) and top seed Andrey Rublev (5).
The victory over Rublev was also just a second top-5 win for the 26-year-old. His first came against Dominic Thiem at the Lyon Open in May.
The final was a fourth of 2021 for Norrie and fifth in his career overall. However, the match against Ruud also saw Norrie suffer his heaviest ever defeat at ATP tour level.
Norrie had never previously failed to win three games in an ATP match before San Diego, but lost the final 6-0, 6-2 to the dominant Norwegian.
Norrie could learn a thing or two from the 22-year-old. Ruud has reached five finals in 2021, winning them all to lead the ATP tour in titles won this year.
By contrast, while Norrie has done well to reach four finals this season, he has only secured one title from them.
Still, no doubt the Brit will be looking at the bigger picture following the tournament, as he edged two notches higher on the ATP rankings to a career-high world number 26.
Finally, 2021 has been by far Norrie’s best season, with a win-loss record of 41-20 so far this year. That tally of wins is 20 more than his previous best year, 2019, when Norrie claimed a 21-25 win-loss record.
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