Britain’s No.1 Cam Norrie is kicked out of the US Open by Andrey Rublev in the round of 16

Even an uncharacteristic surge of racquet-throwing rage failed to reverse a performance that saw Cam Norrie eliminated from the US Open last night.

After that, the British no1 enjoyed a brief rebound, but it wasn’t enough to save him from a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 loss to ninth-seeded Andrey Rublev and fail to reach the quarter-finals.

On either side it was a flat and listless performance from the British number one, a surprisingly poor end to a summer in which he has made almost uninterrupted progress.

Britain's No.1 Cam Norrie is eliminated from the US Open after losing to Andrey Rublev in straight sets

Britain’s No.1 Cam Norrie is eliminated from the US Open after losing to Andrey Rublev in straight sets

Rublev put on an impressive performance, winning in straight sets - 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

Rublev put on an impressive performance, winning in straight sets – 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

Norrie was given a code violation for showing his frustration just after breaking down to 3-2 in the third set.

“I felt like maybe I had a chance the one time I threw my racquet and over the next twenty minutes I got a little more energy and moved a lot better,” he mused.

“That was probably the best part of the game for me, I felt like I could let go a bit. Obviously breaking clubs and doing that is not ideal. I very rarely do this, but I’ve been able to shift my energy and really lift afterwards.

“It was good learning for me. I might have felt a little too relaxed and lacking in energy, I don’t know why. In the other games I was very nervous and tense but I felt like I took advantage of that and I was a bit more electric and sharper and able to run for balls.

“Today I felt like I was just too relaxed between points.”

Norrie is now switching to team tennis and is leading Britain’s effort to qualify for the Davis Cup Finals, with the qualifying group taking place in Glasgow next week.

It was a frustrating experience for Norrie, but this was still his best run at the US Open

It was a frustrating experience for Norrie, but this was still his best run at the US Open

The Laver Cup match between Europe and the world follows in London. Despite his top ten finish, Norrie was overlooked for selection in the team of six.

However, it sounds like he could be called up late amid reported doubts over the fitness of certain players, notably Roger Federer, who is attempting a comeback from knee surgery at 41.

“I’m in touch with them and obviously it’s going to take a few people to pull away for me to have a chance,” said Norrie, who had indicated he would like to step in.

His aim is to reach the year-end ATP Finals in Turin but last night’s game showed he can still be vulnerable against the elite big hitters like the Russians.

What began as a fortnight’s promise for the British contingent in singles ended in quite a sobering fashion. The men’s doubles still offers the opportunity for a little consolation.

This was undoubtedly an excellent opportunity for Norrie to further confirm his status by earning his assigned quarterfinalist seeding position.

There was the stimulus of a possible meeting with Rafael Nadal, who faced off against American Frances Tiafoe last night to make it into the last eight.

After that win, Rublev will face either Rafa Nadal or Frances Tiafoe in the next round

After that win, Rublev will face either Rafa Nadal or Frances Tiafoe in the next round

Rublev is one of the most talented ball forwards on the tour, but in the previous round he had to go all the way to the fifth-set tiebreak.

If the British number one could last this match long enough to test their respective engines against an opponent who tends to get nervous then it would certainly give him an advantage.

A dose of hard work on American Labor Day was in order.

Initially it looked like that was likely to happen as they went 4-4 in the opening game before Norrie’s normally metronomic backhand suddenly buckled against the powerful groundstrokes coming down on him.

The backhand is the southpaw’s banker shot that unsettles opponents by sliding deep through the court, but too often it ends up in the net.

When a brief shower interrupted play, he had collapsed in the second game. First it was announced that the roof would be closed, and then the decision was delayed for two games, by which time the square was covered with water.

This is what happens in a tournament that is the worst organized of the slams, although it often produces the best tennis.

The break offered Norrie a chance to regroup but there was to be no change in momentum as he continued his way to a total of 35 unforced errors.

Norrie found Rublev's aggressive serves difficult to deal with

Norrie found Rublev’s aggressive serves difficult to deal with

It was after he netted a forehand only to be broken in the third goal at 2-2. Norrie got so angry that he smashed his bat onto the concrete.

He briefly showed his best spell of the game when he found the consistent penetration to immediately break back and then hold.

At 4-4, a double fault helped him go 0-40 behind and he was helpless from there.

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Maureen Mackey

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