Cameron Norrie was stunned with the British number one eliminated from the Vienna Open in the round of 16 after a surprising change from Felix Auger-Aliassime … who struggled to save three match points before winning
- Cameron Norrie has been eliminated from the Vienna Open in the round of 16
- Britain’s No. 1 Norrie dropped Felix Auger-Aliassime after an impressive comeback
- Aliassame, sixth seed, won 2-6 7-6 (6) 6-4 after two hours and 36 minutes
- Norrie wasted three match points, but Aliassime won with a third of his own.
British number one Cameron Norrie wasted three match points when he was eliminated from the Vienna Open by Felix Auger-Aliassime.
It was a notable change from sixth seed Auger-Aliassime, who was 3-6 down in the second set tie-break before accumulating five points in a row to force a deciding set.
After two hours and 36 minutes, the Canadian prevailed with a 2-6 7-6 (6) 6-4 victory and will face Alex De Minaur or Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals of the ATP 500 tournament.
Cameron Norrie exited the Vienna Open after an impressive comeback from Felix Auger-Aliassime
Norrie made a quick start to the match, breaking Auger-Aliassime’s serve in the opening game and again at 4-2 en route to wrap up the first set in just over half an hour.
The second set was a more cautious affair, with Auger-Aliassime beginning to settle Norrie’s game and forcing a tie-break.
Norrie saw three match points come and go as Auger-Aliassime rallied from 1-5, 3-6 in the tie-break to level up the match.
The momentum was now with the Canadian and he broke in the fifth game of the third set before opening a 5-2 lead.
Sixth seed Auger-Aliassime saved three match points and converted a third of his own to win
Although Norrie saved two match points himself, he was unable to prevent Auger-Aliassime from converting his third to seal the victory.
“ I really had in mind that I couldn’t leave easily. I wanted to push him to really beat me and deserve it in the second set, ” Auger-Aliassime told atptour.com.
He did good. He had lost three match points. In a way, I was lucky.
“ He was so close to winning, I just did a crazy pass shot at match point to save him, so sometimes the margins are small. That was the case today, so I’ll accept it.