Cameron Norrie beaten from French Open in third round | Tennis News

The British No. 1 lost 6-2 7-5 5-7 6-4 to Karen Khachanov; he aimed to reach the fourth round of the Grand Slam for the first time; Norrie’s departure from the main draw ends British interest in the singles draws at Roland Garros; Carlos Alcaraz progresses through to fourth round

Last Updated: 5/27/22 11:39 PM

Cameron Norrie was the last British man in the singles draw at the French Open

Cameron Norrie was the last British man in the singles draw at the French Open

British No. 1 Cameron Norrie was beaten out of the French Open in the third round after a four-set defeat against Karen Khachanov.

Norrie aimed to progress into the second week of the Grand Slam for the first time in her career, but fell 6-2 7-5 5-7 6-4 to the 21st seed.

The defeat of the British No. 1 ends British interest in the singles main draws at the clay court Grand Slam in Paris.

Norrie said: “I am very disappointed but I tried as hard as I could and had a good attitude, it gave me a chance. I have to keep doing what I do and learn from these matches.

“I think Karen was better than me, he played the bigger points better and deserved the win. I had a lot of breaking points but he made it difficult for me. I thought he played great.

“I wanted to do the second week for the first time but I didn’t play my best.”

Norrie had many early chances that he had to push forward against Khachanov. In the first set alone, he forced eight break points but failed to convert one of them.

By the time the British player was 4-2 down in the second, he missed 11 chances to break overall, while Khachanov converted all three of his own.

At the 12th time of questioning, Norrie made a hit, a well-worked point ended with a volley at the net to bring the second set back into service.

Then a fixed point for Norrie on the Khachanov service came and went, and instead, it was the power of the 21st seed that forced the mistakes and assured him a two-set lead.

It was the same story at the beginning of the third; Norrie created two breakpoints, missed both and was immediately broken again.

Khachanov allowed the 10th seed back into the set twice, and Norrie finished the task with a break to take it into fourth.

The effort seemed to have taken its toll on Norrie however and Khachanov started the set – now being played under the Parisian floodlights – as a subway train as he roared 5-1 ahead.

Norrie fought to the end, saving three match points before breaking for 3-5, but he succumbed to a powerful serve play, which Khachanov finished with an ace down the middle.

“Cameron is a really good player,” Khachanov said on the court later. “It makes you feel like you need to build every point.

“It was a really wonderful competition, I enjoyed it but I’m devastated! The energy here in Paris is always great – I always say this is one of my favorite Grand Slams. I always play well here and I just want to keep it up. “

Alcaraz beats Korda on Court Philippe-Chatrier

Carlos Alcaraz moves into the fourth round at Roland Garros

Carlos Alcaraz moves into the fourth round at Roland Garros

In the other late match on Friday evening, Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest man to reach the fourth round of the French Open since Novak Djokovic in 2006.

Alcaraz, who is 19, advanced by beating Sebastian Korda 6-4 6-4 6-2 on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

This result reversed the outcome of a meeting between the two at the Monte Carlo Open last month, which Korda won to account for Alcaraz’s only loss on clay in 20 matches in 2022.

It was also a much smoother ride for Alcaraz than his second-round match at Roland Garros on Wednesday. During that contest, he had to save a match point before returning to win five against fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Alcaraz has improved to 31-3 overall this year, with four tour-leading titles. He will now face Khachanov in the fourth round.

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