Cameron Norrie, substitute for Stefanos Tsitsipaswho retired from the ATP Finals Due to an injury to his right elbow, he was about to make life very difficult for Casper Ruud this Wednesday. But the Norwegian came back (1-6, 6-3 and 6-4 in 1h51) and still has a chance to qualify for the semifinals. To do so he will have to beat Andrey Rublev on Friday in a direct duel for a place (the other is already Djokovic’s) in the Green Group. Norrie no longer has any chance of passing, but he showed his face and was also close to extending the third set, with a 40-40 in the tenth and final game of the match.
The British, fourth to play the Masters after Henman, Rusedski and Andy Murray, who had lost this year to the Norwegian in the final in San Diego, put him on the ropes with a good review in the first round. But Ruud, debutant this year like Norrie himself, Hurkacz and Sinner, improved and reacted, increased his serve percentages and took control of the match in time to avoid the debacle of a possible elimination.
“At first I didn’t feel the blows well and I made a lot of mistakes,” said the Rafa Nadal Academy disciple.who in 2021 debuted in the top-10 and has won five titles and who dedicated his victory to those injured in Turin Berrettini and Tsitsipas.
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