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Cameron Norrie Roger Federer knocks out of Wimbledon

Cameron Norrie Roger Federer knocks  out of Wimbledon
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Federer beats Norrie to reach last 16 Sat, 03 Jul 2021 16:00:00 +0100-Cameron Norrie found his path at a grand slam blocked by a tennis giant once again as he fell in the third round of Wimbledon to Roger Federer. The British …

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Roger Federer knocks Cameron Norrie out of Wimbledon

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Cameron Norrie (left) chats to Roger Federer after their third-round match

Cameron Norrie found his path at a grand slam blocked by a tennis giant once again as he fell in the third round of Wimbledon to Roger Federer.

The British number two was playing in the last 32 for the third consecutive slam but, after losing to Rafael Nadal at both the Australian and French Opens, this time it was Federer who defeated him 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4.

Federer looked to be cruising through to the fourth round at two sets ahead only for Norrie to break to love to clinch the third. That was as good as it got, though, with the sixth seed wrapping up victory in two hours and 34 minutes.

Norrie follows Andy Murray and Dan Evans out of the tournament so, having had three men through to the third round of the singles at Wimbledon for the first time since 1999, British interest is now at an end.

There can be no disgrace, of course, in losing to the only man who has lifted the trophy eight times here and, barring a few loose moments, Federer looked as sharp as he has so far this tournament.

Norrie has been one of the stars of the ATP Tour this season, reaching three finals. The 25-year-old is a supreme athlete but lacks big weapons and often beats players by grinding them down, actively trying to make matches as physical as possible.

Federer, on the other hand, looks to race through matches as quickly as he can and his speed of play has a suffocating effect on opponents.

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Roger Federer celebrates victory against Cameron Norrie (Steven Paston/PA)

That was certainly the case for Norrie when he was broken in the seventh game of the first set, with the crowd split down the middle in terms of who to support.

Norrie had two chances to break in the second game of the second set but they were gone in the blink of an eye, and Federer forged ahead moments later.

Tim Henman back in 2001 is the only British player to have beaten Federer in Wimbledon – Murray beat him on Centre Court in the Olympic final in 2012 – and there appeared very little chance of Norrie becoming the second until the end of the third set.

After missing a chance to break Norrie and lead 6-5, Federer wobbled, spraying a succession of errors and dropping serve to love.

Norrie whipped up the crowd as he sensed an opportunity, and he broke straight back when Federer moved 3-2 ahead, but another break for the Swiss at 4-4 proved decisive.

Federer, who is through to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the 18th time and will next take on Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego, said: “I’m super relieved. It was a tough battle with Cam. A little extra round but he deserved that third set.

“I thought he played excellent today and for me I felt I was really able to keep a very high level of play. He got the good break at the end of the third that cost me the set but overall I can be very happy with how I played.

“I guess this one’s special because I’m almost 40. At this point it’s all a bonus and we’ll see how far I can go here.”

 

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Cameron Norrie (left) chats to Roger Federer after their third-round match

Cameron Norrie found his path at a grand slam blocked by a tennis giant once again as he fell in the third round of Wimbledon to Roger Federer.

The British number two was playing in the last 32 for the third consecutive slam but, after losing to Rafael Nadal at both the Australian and French Opens, this time it was Federer who defeated him 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4.

Federer looked to be cruising through to the fourth round at two sets ahead only for Norrie to break to love to clinch the third. That was as good as it got, though, with the sixth seed wrapping up victory in two hours and 34 minutes.

Norrie follows Andy Murray and Dan Evans out of the tournament so, having had three men through to the third round of the singles at Wimbledon for the first time since 1999, British interest is now at an end.

There can be no disgrace, of course, in losing to the only man who has lifted the trophy eight times here and, barring a few loose moments, Federer looked as sharp as he has so far this tournament.

Norrie has been one of the stars of the ATP Tour this season, reaching three finals. The 25-year-old is a supreme athlete but lacks big weapons and often beats players by grinding them down, actively trying to make matches as physical as possible.

Federer, on the other hand, looks to race through matches as quickly as he can and his speed of play has a suffocating effect on opponents.

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Roger Federer celebrates victory against Cameron Norrie (Steven Paston/PA)

That was certainly the case for Norrie when he was broken in the seventh game of the first set, with the crowd split down the middle in terms of who to support.

Norrie had two chances to break in the second game of the second set but they were gone in the blink of an eye, and Federer forged ahead moments later.

Tim Henman back in 2001 is the only British player to have beaten Federer in Wimbledon – Murray beat him on Centre Court in the Olympic final in 2012 – and there appeared very little chance of Norrie becoming the second until the end of the third set.

After missing a chance to break Norrie and lead 6-5, Federer wobbled, spraying a succession of errors and dropping serve to love.

Norrie whipped up the crowd as he sensed an opportunity, and he broke straight back when Federer moved 3-2 ahead, but another break for the Swiss at 4-4 proved decisive.

Federer, who is through to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the 18th time and will next take on Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego, said: “I’m super relieved. It was a tough battle with Cam. A little extra round but he deserved that third set.

“I thought he played excellent today and for me I felt I was really able to keep a very high level of play. He got the good break at the end of the third that cost me the set but overall I can be very happy with how I played.

“I guess this one’s special because I’m almost 40. At this point it’s all a bonus and we’ll see how far I can go here.”


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Roger Federer knocks Cameron Norrie out of Wimbledon Sat, 03 Jul 2021 16:00:00 +0100-Eight-time champion Roger Federer needs all of his quality and resilience to dash Briton Cameron Norrie's hopes of causing a big upset at Wimbledon.

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Federer beats Norrie to reach last 16

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Eight-time champion Roger Federer needed all of his quality and resilience to dash British number two Cameron Norrie's hopes of causing a big upset in the Wimbledon third round.

Federer, 39, has had little court time over the past 16 months but played well enough to win 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4.

One of the form players in 2021, Norrie could not find a sustained high level against the 20-time major champion.

The Swiss goes on to face Italy's Lorenzo Sonego in the last 16.

Sonego, seeded 23rd, had never won a main-draw match at Wimbledon until this year, but reached the fourth round by beating unseeded Australian James Duckworth in straight sets.

Following exits for Andy Murray and Dan Evans on Friday, Norrie's defeat means there will be no British players in the second week of the men's singles.

The home nation's last remaining hope in the singles is 18-year-old wildcard Emma Raducanu, who continued her dream run by beating Romania's Sorana Cirstea.

While much of Federer's legacy of greatness has been built at the All England Club, there was a suspicion among many that this year could be the one where time could catch up with him.

The Swiss turns 40 next month and has only played five tournaments over the past 16 months following two knee surgeries.

In his first-round match, Federer looked ponderous as Adrian Mannarino threatened a major upset.

Federer had trailed by two sets to one, but led in the fourth when the Frenchman was cruelly forced to quit after slipping and injuring his knee.

A routine win against Richard Gasquet in the second round was a major improvement and he built on that in the opening set against Norrie.

Federer rolled back the years with his imperious serving, easing through his holds to take the opener and then dominating the second set.

There was little drop-off from Federer in the third but Norrie is one of the most determined – and fittest – players on the ATP Tour.

Characteristically, the Briton refused to give in and pinched the third before Federer kept his nerve in the key moments of the fourth to seal victory.

Federer took his first match point when Norrie batted a first serve back into the net and his celebration showed what he had to do to earn the victory.

Knees bent and clenched fist driving towards the court, the usually reserved Swiss roared his relief at going through.

“I'm very pleased to get through, I'm super relieved. It was a tough battle,” said Federer, who reached the Wimbledon last 16 for a men's record 18th time.

“He deserved that third set, I thought he played excellent today and for me I felt I was able to keep a very high level of play.

“He got the good break at the end of the third but overall I can be very happy with how I played.”

Norrie again comes unstuck against one of the 'Big Three'

Only Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas and Russia's Andrey Rublev have won more tour-level matches than Cameron Norrie this year

Norrie, seeded 29th, was playing in the third round of Wimbledon for the first time in his career, which was a suitable – but perhaps minimum – achievement at his home Grand Slam after a fine year.

It was the third successive Slam where he had reached the last 32 and had the misfortune of facing another member of the 'Big Three' there.

Spanish great Rafael Nadal beat him at the Australian Open and French Open but having gained that experience, as well as confidence from reaching last month's Queen's final, he would have been expecting to push Federer.

Initially, Norrie looked nervous and struggled to execute his shots as cleanly as he has been in recent months.

Three double faults in the opening game of the match was ominous and, although Norrie dug deep to hold there, Federer broke for a 4-3 lead which he never looked in danger of relinquishing.

With Federer being a difficult frontrunner to peg back, the Briton needed a quick start to the second.

Norrie was unable to take either of two break points at his first opportunity, instead getting broken himself in the next game as Federer maintained that advantage for a two-set lead.

Both players were rarely troubled on serve in the third until Federer was unable to take two break points at 5-5 which would have left him serving for the match.

From nowhere, Norrie then broke to love and won the set to the excitement of a Centre Crowd split in their support.

Another double fault by Norrie at 2-2 0-15 in the fourth set seemed to be a costly lack of concentration as Federer went on to break to love, only for the Briton to break straight back and get the home fans on their feet.

Norrie had admirably grown into the match, but Federer again showed his experience at the crucial moment to break and serve out victory.


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– July 3, 2021
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