“An unbelievable match” as Cameron Norrie loses out at Stockholm Open
Cameron Norrie crashed out at the quarter final stage of the Stockholm Open after defeat to Holger Rune.
Norrie, the British number one, took the first set tie break but lost out in three sets, 7-6 (4), 3-6 3-6.
Rune, who is only 19, fired 11 aces and 38 winners on his way to a first victory over Norrie in four attempts this year.
The young Dane was delighted with his performance and finally getting a win over the Brit after three straight defeats, including just last month at the US Open.
“It was an unbelievable match, I think we both played pretty well,” said Rune in his on-court interview.
“Obviously I’ve lost three times in a row to Cam, so I knew it was going to be difficult. The result today showed it was a lot of hard work, so I’m just super happy that after a tough and very long first set, I could stay composed and find a way.”
Rune’s strong showing over the last month has seen him rise to number 25 in the live rankings. This includes a final appearance at the Sofia Open and this week’s run in Stockholm.
He will now face Alex De Minaur in one of today’s semi finals. The Australian defeated Denis Shapovalov 6-2 7-6 (4) yesterday. If he were to win the event, De Minaur would replace Nick Kyrgios as Australia’s number one.
Cameron Norrie is now facing an uphill battle to qualify for the year end championships in Turin. He was already facing an uphill task after pulling out of tournaments in South Korea and Japan due to COVID.
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