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British number 1 Cameron Norrie suffers a reprimand defeat in the first match against Novak Djokovic

British number 1 Cameron Norrie suffers a reprimand defeat in the opener against world number 1 Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals in Turin

  • Cameron Norrie’s stellar season ended with a loss to Novak Djokovic
  • The British No. 1 had enjoyed an inaugural ATP title and rose to 12th place in the world.
  • But he was left in no doubt about the abyss in class after Friday’s defeat in Turin


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Cameron Norrie’s stellar season ended with a reprimand loss to Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals in Turin.

The British number one took the world number one for the first time in a fitting finale to the best year of his career.

His reward for 50 game wins, a first ATP title at Indian Wells and a promotion to 12th place in the world was entering the Finals as a second substitute after the injuries of Matteo Berrettini and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

World number one Novak Djokovic will face Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals at the ATP Finals in Turin

World number one Novak Djokovic will face Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals at the ATP Finals in Turin

The defeat of Casper Ruud ruined any possibility of advancing to the semifinals and, with Djokovic already overcome, the stage of all against all ended with a dead rubber.

But if anyone questioned the motivation of the five-time winner Djokovic, he immediately proved them wrong, running through the first set in 28 minutes.

Norrie, 26, had her moments; a pair of sizzling passing shots and a break point in the second.

But he was left in no doubt about the class gulf between Djokovic and the chasing group after a 6-2, 6-1 loss.

Cameron Norrie's stellar season ended with a suppressed loss to Novak Djokovic on Friday.

Cameron Norrie's stellar season ended with a suppressed loss to Novak Djokovic on Friday.

Cameron Norrie’s stellar season ended with a suppressed loss to Novak Djokovic on Friday.

Djokovic, who plays Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals, said in his on-court interview: ‘I tried not to think about tomorrow. It is not easy to enter a court knowing that you have already qualified, you know your opponent, you know the schedule.

But look, I tried to be professional. I respect everyone who plays and the public wants to see a game, so I tried to do my best. I played really well and really took the tie off Cameron. ”

Ruud defied the odds to upset Andrey Rublev 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5) and set up a semi-final showdown with Daniil Medvedev.

The 22-year-old world number 8 came from a set down to grab a tie-break in the deciding set and secure a first career win over Rublev on the fifth attempt, as well as a first win over a top 10 player in a hard court.

The first Norwegian to appear in the final, Ruud is now the first Scandinavian to reach the last four since Sweden’s Robin Soderling in 2009.

Casper Ruud defied the odds to set up a semi-final showdown with Daniil Medvedev

Casper Ruud defied the odds to set up a semi-final showdown with Daniil Medvedev

Casper Ruud defied the odds to set up a semi-final showdown with Daniil Medvedev

Earlier, Britain’s Joe Salisbury reached the last four in doubles.

Salisbury and fellow American Rajeev Ram defeated Colombian duo Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah 7-5 2-6 11-9 after a tie-break in the deciding set.

US Open champions Salisbury and Ram topped their group after three wins from three games.

Salisbury is the last Briton standing in Turin with Norrie coming out and Jamie Murray, alongside Bruno Soares, losing out in the doubles.

“ Obviously, it’s great that we have three of us here playing, and I hope we can continue and make it through to the end, ” Salisbury told Amazon Prime.

His victory earned him a semi-final clash with Croatians Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic on Saturday.

Murray and Soares’ campaign ended with a third consecutive loss, falling 6-3 7-6 (5) to Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

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