Cameron Norrie’s French Open marketing campaign led to disappointing vogue with a
straight-sets loss to Lorenzo Musetti within the third spherical.
It’s the third 12 months in a row the British No 1 has fallen within the final 32, and he solely managed to mount any actual problem within the third set earlier than taking place 6-1 6-2 6-4 in two hours and eight minutes on Court docket Simonne Mathieu.
For me, I can play dangerous and all the things, however I used to be simply very flat and disenchanted to have a efficiency like that.
There may be actually no shame in dropping to 21-year-old Musetti, who’s ranked solely 5 locations beneath Norrie and whose finest floor is clay, however the 14th seed will likely be disenchanted by the way of what’s certainly one of his worst Grand Slam losses by way of scoreline.
The consequence, in the meantime, brings an finish to British singles hopes at a match the place solely three gamers even made the beginning line.
“I got here out very flat and I am disenchanted with the angle within the first couple of units,” mentioned a really downbeat Norrie.
“It was very, very gradual situations, very heavy, and I used to be not ready for it to be that gradual. For me, I can play dangerous and all the things, however I used to be simply very flat and disenchanted to have a efficiency like that.
“The primary two units he did not actually do an excessive amount of and he was up two units to like. For a participant like myself, I am unable to afford to offer that a lot of an edge.
“There is no such thing as a excuses to play the extent that I did right now. I missed so many simple quick balls and I misplaced so many factors inside a few photographs the place normally I can win loads of these ones.
“I did not come ready. I used to be altering rackets all through the match. It was a bit colder right now however I am ok to not let that trouble me.”
Norrie misplaced to Musetti in Barcelona just lately however spoke positively after his second-round victory over Lucas Pouille about what he had discovered from that conflict.
He was instantly on the again foot, although, dropping serve within the opening sport towards the fashionable Italian and swiftly dropping the opening set.
The second was no higher, with Musetti too usually discovering a solution to all the things Norrie may throw at him, and the seventeenth seed went a break up early within the third as nicely.
Norrie was gazing his worst main loss however he a minimum of made a fist of it, breaking Musetti, who had misplaced from two units up on each of his earlier appearances at Roland Garros, again and creating three possibilities to interrupt for 5-3.
The Italian held agency, although, and drilled a forehand previous Norrie to interrupt once more earlier than serving out the victory.
Norrie will now head again to London and switch his consideration to the grass-court swing a 12 months on from his run to the Wimbledon semi-finals.
“I might say this one hurts greater than others being at a grand slam and desirous to play nicely on the Grand Slams,” he added. “Hopefully it offers me extra gas and prepare for the subsequent Grand Slam, which will likely be a great one.”
Musetti vs Norrie: Story of the Tape
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Djokovic & Alcaraz proceed profitable
Novak Djokovic fought off a terrific problem from Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to succeed in the fourth spherical for a 14th consecutive 12 months.
The 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 victory took three hours and 36 minutes, with Djokovic twice a break down within the first set and compelled to save lots of a set level within the second.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion, who once more wore a nanotechnology system on his chest, appeared unsettled in windy situations, whereas he known as the coach earlier than the third set to have his left thigh massaged, however, as he so usually does, he discovered a solution to come out on high.
Pantheon of the tennis courtroom
With victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Novak Djokovic surpasses Rafael Nadal into second amongst male gamers for win proportion at Grand Slams within the Open Period, at 87.98 per cent. Djokovic now solely trails Bjorn Borg.
Requested concerning the medical time-out, Djokovic mentioned: “We do not have a lot time to begin to identify the numerous accidents I’ve, and the record is kind of lengthy.
“I nonetheless stored on taking part in. These are the circumstances that you simply, as knowledgeable athlete, must cope with. Settle for it. Typically you need assistance from (a) physio in the course of the match. Typically you want capsules. Typically you need assistance from the god or angels, or whoever.
“The fact for me these days is that my physique is responding otherwise than it did a number of years in the past. I managed to complete the match.”
Djokovic in Grand Slams…
17 consecutive wins
24 consecutive units gained (30-1 in 2023)
295-5 when he has gained the first set (96 consecutive wins)
51-0 within the third spherical
Djokovic may meet Carlos Alcaraz within the semi-finals, and the world No 1 had a a lot simpler time in reaching spherical 4, beating Denis Shapovalov 6-1 6-4 6-2.
Alcaraz was a break down within the second set however gained 5 video games in a row earlier than cruising via the ultimate set.
“I felt nice, I feel I performed an important degree the entire match,” mentioned Alcaraz, who subsequent meets Musetti.
“The second set I used to be in bother a bit of bit, I began to make extra errors however I needed to be right here on a regular basis, to be sturdy mentally. I knew I used to be going to have my possibilities within the second set to return again and that is what I did. I hope to take this degree into the subsequent spherical.”
It was one other day of lengthy matches, with Italian Lorenzo Sonego combating again from two units right down to defeat seventh seed Andrey Rublev, whereas Austrian qualifier Sebastian Ofner noticed off Fabio Fognini in 5 units.
After his epic victory over Stan Wawrinka, Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis was concerned in one other prolonged battle with eleventh seed Karen Khachanov however was unable to drive a decider, dropping out 6-4 6-1 3-6 7-6 (7-5).
Russian Khachanov declined to reply questions concerning the warfare in Ukraine afterwards, saying: “I’m a sportsman, I’m not a politician. I do not wish to discuss right here about politics as a result of, to start with, I’m not good at it. And, second of all, it is not my job.”