Cameron Norrie of Great Britain celebrates a point in their round three singles match against Casper Ruud of Norway during the 2024 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Cameron Norrie, Britain’s sole survivor in singles’ competitors, made it by means of to the second week of the Australian Open for the primary time due to a superb four-set victory over Casper Ruud.

Norrie had by no means crushed a participant ranked as excessive as world No 11 Ruud at a significant event whereas he had misplaced all three earlier matches in opposition to the Norwegian, who’s a three-time Grand Slam finalist.

However the 28-year-old performed with function and aggression to assert a 6-4 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 6-3 victory.

Usually referred to as a baseline grinder, Norrie got here to the online 56 occasions through the contest and cracked a formidable 63 winners.

Norrie makes it a British dozen

Norrie turns into the twelfth British man within the Open Period to succeed in the spherical of 16 on the Australian Open – after Andy Murray (10 spherical of 16 appearances right here), Tim Henman and John Lloyd (each 3), Roger Taylor (2), and Gerald Battrick, Mark Cox, Robin Drysdale, Kyle Edmund, Daniel Evans, Richard Lewis and Greg Rusedski (all one).

Norrie vs Ruud: Story of the Tape

Norrie Match Stats Ruud
11 Aces 19
3 Double Faults 4
77% 1st serve win proportion 75%
62% 2nd serve win proportion 47%
41/56 Netpoints received 14/28
4/6 Break factors received 1/10
63 Complete winners 54
36 Unforced errors 28
133 Complete factors received 118

Given the event, this is without doubt one of the finest wins of his profession and he stated: “It is so particular. I simply stored a very good degree all through the match.

“I have been working actually onerous within the low season on making an attempt to be a little bit bit extra aggressive. I managed to liberate within the match and I actually let go.”

Ruud’s forehand is a formidable weapon and Norrie went straight after his backhand, which paid rapid dividends with a break for 2-1.

The British No 1 needed to dig deep to carry onto his benefit, getting out of a gap at 0-40 within the sixth sport and saving one other break level at 5-4 earlier than serving it out.

Ruud was the higher participant within the second set – Norrie once more recovered from 0-40 within the third sport – with the Norwegian barely dealing with any stress on serve.

The tie-break ought to have been Norrie’s, although, however he narrowly missed a backhand down the road at 6-4 and Ruud saved one other set level with a giant serve earlier than clinching his second alternative with an ace.

Sitting down at one set all will need to have been galling for Norrie, and Ruud appeared to have taken a grip on the match when he lastly transformed his ninth break level to guide 3-2.

Nonetheless, Norrie hit straight again, with Ruud all of the sudden the person beneath stress on his serve.

The previous Wimbledon semi-finalist was coming to the online on just about each level and he created a set level at 5-4, taking it when Ruud netted a backhand.

The eleventh seed had additionally performed a five-setter within the second spherical however the struggle appeared to empty out of him in the beginning of the fourth and, though he did pressure a break level at 2-4, Norrie once more had the reply.

Talking concerning the environment on John Cain Enviornment, Norrie added: “There was all types of nicknames on the market. Come on Noz-dog, Noz, all issues like that. It was good things. I may let you know guys had had a couple of drinks on a Saturday afternoon – actually good environment!”

Norrie will face sixth seed Alexander Zverev or unseeded American teenager Alex Michelsen within the final 16 on Monday.

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