The British No.1 lost 6-2 7-5 5-7 6-4 to Karen Khachanov; he was aiming to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time; Norrie’s exit from the main draw ends British interest in singles draws at Roland Garros; Carlos Alcaraz advances to the fourth round
Last update: 27/05/22 23:39
Britain’s No. 1 Cameron Norrie was knocked out of the French Open in the third round after a four-set loss to Karen Khachanov.
Norrie was aiming to advance in week two of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career but fell 6-2 7-5 5-7 6-4 to the 21st seed.
The defeat of the British No. 1 ends British interest in the main draws of the clay-court Grand Slam singles in Paris.
Norrie said: “I’m very disappointed but I tried my best and had a good attitude, I gave myself a chance. I have to keep doing what I’m doing and learning from these games.
“I think Karen was better than me, he played the bigger points better and deserved the win. I had a lot of break points but he made it difficult for me. I think he did very well play.
“I wanted to do the second week for the first time but I didn’t play my best.”
Norrie had a host of early chances he had to face Khachanov. In the first set alone, he forced eight break points but failed to convert any.
By the time the British player trailed 4-2 in the second, he had missed 11 break chances in total, while Khachanov had converted all three of his.
In the 12th moment of the request, Norrie broke through, a well-worked point finished with a volley to the net to bring the second set back on serve.
Then a set point for Norrie on Khachanov’s serve came and went, and instead it was the power of the 21st seed that forced errors and secured him a two-set lead.
It was the same story at the beginning of the third; Norrie created two break points, missed both and was immediately broken again.
Khachanov got the 10th seed back into the set twice, and Norrie finished the job with a break to bring him back in fourth.
The effort seemed to have taken its toll on Norrie, however, and Khachanov started the set – which is now being played in the Paris floodlights – like a subway train, as he roared 5-1 up front.
Norrie fought to the end, saving three match points before breaking for 3-5, but succumbed to a powerful service game, which Khachanov finished with an ace in the middle.
“Cameron is a very good player,” Khachanov said on the court afterwards. “He makes you feel like you have to build every point.
“It was a really great contest, I loved it but I’m destroyed! The energy here in Paris is always great – I always say it’s one of my favorite Grand Slams. I always play well here and I just want to continue this way.”
Alcaraz beats Korda on the Philippe-Chatrier court
In the other game late on Friday night, Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest man to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros since Novak Djokovic in 2006.
Alcaraz, 19, qualified by beating Sebastian Korda 6-4 6-4 6-2 on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
The result overturned the result of a meeting between the two at the Monte Carlo Open last month, which Korda won to explain Alcaraz’s only loss on clay in 20 matches in 2022.
It was also a much smoother run for Alcaraz than their second-round match at Roland Garros on Wednesday. During this meeting, he had to save a match point before coming back to win in five against his fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Alcaraz improved to 31-3 on aggregate this year, with four titles topping the tour. He will now face Khachanov in the fourth round.
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