“Amazing to share the space with her” – Raducanu after defeating Serena Williams
Andy Murray meets Cameron Norrie at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati today while Emma Raducanu takes action for the British contingent on Center Court on a busy day. With the US Open just around the corner, the ATP and WTA 1000 Series tournaments are the last chance to get your momentum on the hard courts before heading to Flushing Meadows and the second round has produced some fascinating matches.
First up, Murray takes on Norrie for the second time in a match between the current and former British No1s. Murray struggled through muscle spasms in his opening round to survive an epic duel with old rival Stan Wawrinka, while Norrie, fresh from reaching the Wimbledon semifinals, also required three sets to defeat Holger Rune. It’s only the second time the players have met, with Murray edging out the previous meeting in 2019, but Norrie has come a long way since then.
Later, Raducanu will have another tough test in Cincinnati against former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. Raducanu was in superb form to beat Serena Williams 6-4, 6-0 in their first and likely last career meeting before the 23-time Grand Slam champion retired. The British No. 1 faces a brief reversal as she prepares to face former Australian Open champion Azarenka, with her match against Williams ending late tonight in Cincinnati. Follow live updates from the Western & Southern Open below:
Andy Murray 6-3 Cameron Norrie
Norrie takes a toilet break while trying to turn things around. Murray has been looking comfortable out there since the opening break.
Jamie BraidwoodAug 17, 2022 5:02 p.m
Andy Murray 6-3 Cameron Norrie – Murray wins the first set
While Murray serves for the set, Norrie finds his forehand with a clear winner down the line. But Murray then finds his serve and a kicker pushes the set point up. Murray longs the forehand and hits Deuce when trying to end this.
And Murray is coming along just fine. Norrie wanted to complete the backhand pass down the line but puts his volley into the net! Murray takes over the prelude.
Jamie BraidwoodAug 17, 2022 4:58 p.m
*Andy Murray 5-3 Cameron Norrie – Murray breaks!
Now Murray skips a nice backhand sliced volley down the line to get 0-30 on Norrie’s serve. Norrie responds with a smash before Murray makes a few mistakes on the forehand that I’m sure he’d love.
But how about this one from Murray: He spins a nice backhand slice onto the line before laying down a stretching backhand crosscourt. A mistake by Norrie sets the break point and Murray takes it with a backhand pass!
Jamie BraidwoodAug 17, 2022 4:52 p.m
Andy Murray 4-3 Cameron Norrie*
Now Murray gets a quick hold as Norrie nets wide. A few more decent points from Murray including a smart backhand volley at the net.
Jamie BraidwoodAug 17, 2022 4:45 p.m
*Andy Murray 3-3 Cameron Norrie
Norrie gets the serve to love very quickly. Norrie will look to have a physical advantage over Murray – although he already has that against most players – and fast plays like this certainly help put pressure on his opponent.
Jamie BraidwoodAug 17, 2022 4:42 p.m
Andy Murray 3-2 Cameron Norrie*
And now a very neat grab from Murray. Norrie nearly set up two break points at 15-30, but a nudged pick-up at the net drifted an inch or two. Murray wins the next pair and his forehand works well in this early stage.
Jamie BraidwoodAug 17, 2022 4:38 p.m
* Andy Murray 2-2 Cameron Norrie
Another brilliant winner from Murray opens Norrie’s service game – this time a superb backhand down the line. Norrie then nets an overhead smash before a loose forehand drifts wide of the baseline to set up two break points for Murray.
A long rally ensues, 28 shots, and Murray is unable to attack after appearing to have gained the upper hand and eventually laid down a forehand. Norrie saves the second with a nice serve down the middle before getting the hold with two well constructed points.
Jamie BraidwoodAug 17, 2022 4:33 p.m
Andy Murray 2-1 Cameron Norrie*
Murray then races to 40-0 with the help of an ace. Norrie hits back with a nice drop shot that Murray was able to get and then praised. But Murray can hold while Norrie’s return is long in the air.
Jamie BraidwoodAug 17, 2022 4:26 p.m
*Andy Murray 1-1 Cameron Norrie – Murray breaks
Murray follows a backhand down the line and smashes in a nice volley, after which the 35-year-old takes down an extended rally. Norrie shows fast hands at net looking 15-30 and then tucks away the forehand winner.
Murray then shows a brilliant forehand winner across the court, and a backhand from Norrie into the net puts Murray on the break point. And a forehand into the net by Norrie in the middle of the court puts Murray back on level.
Jamie BraidwoodAug 17, 2022 4:22 p.m
Andy Murray 0-1 Cameron Norrie* – Norrie breaks
Norrie wins the opening point with a shanked forehand lob that somehow drifts into the field. Norrie holds up his bat in an apology but goes 15-30 after a Murray double fault.
Another stroke of luck from Norrie, this time cutting the net line, helps get the break point and it’s taken quickly as Murray nets a forehand.
Jamie BraidwoodAug 17, 2022 4:17 p.m
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