NORRIE OUT: British number one out of Vienna Open
Credit: PA Jon Super
British number one Cameron Norrie squandered three match points as he was knocked out of the Vienna Open by Felix Auger-Aliassime.
It was a remarkable turnaround from sixth seed Auger-Aliassime, who was 3-6 down in the second-set tie break before reeling off five points in a row to force a deciding set.
After two hours and 36 minutes, the Canadian came out on top with a 2-6 7-6 (6) 6-4 win and will face either Alex De Minaur or Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 tournament.
Norrie made a quick start to the match, breaking Auger-Aliassime’s serve in the opening game and again at 4-2 en route to wrapping up the first set in little over half an hour.
The second set was a cagier affair, with Auger-Aliassime beginning to work out Norrie’s game and he forced a tie-break.
Norrie saw three match points come and go as Auger-Aliassime came back from 1-5 and 3-6 in the tie-break to level up the match.
The momentum was now with the Canadian and he broke in the fifth game of the third set before opening up a 5-2 lead.
Although Norrie saved two match points himself, he could not stop Auger-Aliassime from converting his third to seal victory.
“I just really had in my mind that I couldn’t go away easily. I wanted to push him to really beat me and deserve it in the second set,” Auger-Aliassime told atptour.com.
“He did well. I was down three match points. In a way, I was lucky.
“He was so close to winning, I just hit a crazy passing shot on match point to save it, so sometimes the margins are small. That was the case today, so I’ll take it.”
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