Cam Norrie reaches the last 16 of the US Open with a convincing straight-set win over No. 28-seeded Holger Rune… while the Brit maintains his unbridled form at Flushing Meadows
- Cameron Norrie defeated teenager Holger Rune 7-5, 6-4, 6-1 in the third round
- The Brit has yet to drop a single set at the US Open en route to the last 16
- The triumph is the furthest the 27-year-old has ever traveled at the US Open
- Rune took him to a tiebreak in the first set before falling to the in-form Norrie
- He accused Norrie of game art for catching his ball toss before serving
Cam Norrie’s phlegmatic nature served him well last night as he ignored theatrics from the other end to reach the US Open round of 16.
Undeterred by talented but fiery Danish teenager Holger Rune, the British number has yet again improved on his best-ever Grand Slam result.
Norrie calmly defeated his 19-year-old opponent 7-5, 6-4, 6-1, waiting for the winner between Canadian Denis Shapovalov and Russia’s Andrey Rublev.
Cameron Norrie reached the fourth round of the US Open after defeating Holger Rune in straight sets
Dan Evans was hoping to join him last night as he took on 2014 champion Marin Cilic.
It will be the first time Norrie reaches New York’s fourth round after his semi-final at Wimbledon.
While the score was convincing, it was a slightly bumpy passage, which was also due to the resolute behavior of the spirited Rune, who complained to the referee about the British number one’s aborted ball throws in the wind.
His main criticism was that Norrie went to the shot clock limit before serving and at one point asked, “So you don’t think he’s doing it on purpose?”
Rune, 19, accused the British game arts star of catching his ball toss before serving
However, the serve was delivered within the 25-second mark between points, making it difficult to see what excited the young Dane, who has earned a reputation for his boisterous temper and undulating performance.
Norrie later alluded to this, saying: “Holger isn’t easy. He can go through matches where he’s pretty passive and then he’ll go off and hit very aggressively, so you have to be prepared for anything.
“I think I stayed a lot calmer than him in a lot of the big moments of the game. I managed to stay tough in the first set and again when serving for the second set.
Norrie knew he could rely on his famed persistence to eventually gain the upper hand.
The 27-year-old Briton has yet to lose a set in his three games at Flushing Meadows
“My goal today was to hit two hours and then we start the game from there. When it literally struck two hours, I went 2-1 up in the third set, pointed at Facu (Lagones, coach) and thought, ‘Okay, now the match starts.’ “
“He (Rune) seemed to die a bit at the end. I don’t know what happened to him.’
The gap in maturity between them was shown when, when the score was 5-4, Norrie made a horrific volley error trying to finish the first set and was broken. He immediately put that behind him to win the next two games and didn’t look back from there.
Norrie has become one of the most reliable players on the ATP Tour and this was his 44th win of the season.
The Danish teenager fell out in the third set as Norrie won the match in just over two hours
By improving after his first-round exit a year ago, he bolsters his points tally and is now within reach of overtaking the absent Novak Djokovic as world No. 7.
Even more encouraging for Norrie is that he won’t be at his best for these two weeks and yet he made it through the first week without dropping a set.
Nick Kyrgios set up the fourth round match when he defeated American challenger JJ Wolf. He now meets defending champion Daniil Medvedev for a place in the quarter-finals.
The Russian was banned from Wimbledon, where Kyrgios reached the final, and while the Australian expected more of himself, he made it through to the last 16 with little drama for his standards.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-11176723/Cam-Norrie-CRUISES-Open-fourth-round-convincing-straight-set-victory-Holger-Rune.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Cam Norrie CRUISES to the US Open Round of 16 with a superb straight set win over Holger Rune