Cameron Norrie provided thrills and spills in a late-night entertainer on his ATP Finals debut but couldn’t get the win.
Casper Ruud, who lost his first Round Robin match to Djokovic earlier in the week, stamped his authority on the match with a commanding 6-1 scoreline in set one. The British Number One fought back valiantly to take the second – winning five games in a row – but couldn’t ward off the Norwegian and went down 6-1 3-6 4-6.
Norrie entered the tournament, being held in its new home of Turin, as second alternate after Stefanos Tsitsipas retired with an elbow injury.
Despite the loss, Norrie was delighted to have made it into the prestigious end-of-year event, capping off a memorable season during which he won his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells. ‘I came out firing and loved the match,’ he said after his battle with Ruud. ‘It just came down to a couple games in the second and third sets. I was really happy with my level.’
Although he can’t progress to the semis in Turin after his loss, the fun doesn’t stop just there. The 26-year-old will now have the opportunity to take on World Number One, Novak Djokovic, for the very first time.
‘I have never played or practised with Novak,’ said Norrie. ‘I am looking forward to it. He is really good in these quick conditions. It is going to be difficult, but I am looking forward to it. I am going to see if I belong and can compete with a guy like that.”
For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.
Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?