Cameron Norrie won the Brits’ fight at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati by punishing Andy Murray’s waste.
Murray had the match on his racquet, forcing a number of break points at key times but he couldn’t convert them and Norrie stole a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win.
It was the two’s second meeting, with Murray winning the first of 2019, but Norrie, seeded ninth, retaliated and advanced to the last 16.
The Scot left the pitch after treating a thigh cramp but the 11 missed break points will have hurt more.
“I don’t think there was much in it,” Norrie said on Amazon Prime.
“It came down to a bit of physicality and it didn’t really help him. Towards the end he struggled a bit and I just tried to get the ball in at the end.
“I’m still struggling a bit with the conditions and trying to find my rhythm. I just got through with my attitude and stay positive.
“I managed to find myself in a set, I don’t know how, and the last set was a struggle, he had some chances and I played a couple of good points.
“That’s how it works in tennis sometimes. It’s a huge win for me to beat Andy for the first time. It’s not like I wanted to hit him with his cramps, but it’s nice to get through.”
After a break change in the first two games, Murray took control and dictated the points.
He missed a chance to break in Norrie’s second game of service but continued to play on his terms, eventually breaking at 4-3 before serving the next game to win the opener.
The Scot, brought to tears after his emotional first-round win over Stan Wawrinka, had the perfect opportunity to control the game even more in the season’s opener when he forced the break point.
But as the court gaped, he put in a routine volley wide and Norrie survived.
And that miss turned out to be big when Norrie started knocking on the door. Murray saved break points at 2-3 but couldn’t repeat the trick at 3-4 as the British no. 1 went 5-3 ahead.
He was 40-0 as he tried to force an immediate breakback, but Norrie pulled himself out of trouble and served out the second set.
Murray regrouped and his big moment came in a long game six, but he wasted three break points and Norrie survived.
Eventually all those missed opportunities came back to haunt the 35-year-old as a double fault handed his compatriot the crucial break and he served it out to snag a win that will have tasted sweet.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/andy-murray-cameron-norrie-cam-brits-cincinnati-b2147164.html Cameron Norrie punishes Andy Murray to win the British battle at Cincinnati