US Open: Cameron Norrie ignores Holger Rune’s complaints to reach fourth round

Cameron Norrie makes a comeback against Holger Rune at the US Open in New York
Cameron Norrie rose to ninth in the world rankings late last month
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Events: 29 Aug-11 Aug September
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British number one Cameron Norrie reached the fourth round of the US Open for the first time with a comfortable win over Denmark’s 28th seed Holger Rune.

Norrie won 7-5, 6-4, 6-1 against the 19-year-old, who complained about the time it took the Brit to serve by breaking off his ball throw.

After being distracted, Rune won another game while Norrie focused.

Seventh-seeded Norrie, 27, will next play Russian ninth seed Andrey Rublev or Canada 19th seed Denis Shapovalov.

“It’s nice to come through in straight sets and not really play my best tennis,” said Norrie, who hasn’t lost a set this week.

“I felt like I had definitely improved on my previous games and I managed to stay a lot calmer than him in the bigger moments.

“I don’t know what was wrong with him.”

Norrie is the first Brit to finish in the last 16 in New York this year and Dan Evans is hoping to join him later on Saturday.

British number two Evans, seeded at No. 20, will play 2014 Croatian champions Marin Cilic.

The pair are the only British singles players left in the New York tournament after third-round losses to Andy Murray and Jack Draper on Friday and earlier eliminations of Emma Raducanu and Harriet Dart in the women’s draw.

Norrie stays tough amid rune drama

Norrie made his Grand Slam breakthrough with a memorable run to the Wimbledon semifinals in July and is quietly working his way through the US Open draw after another straight-set win in New York.

The 27-year-old left-hander, who was ranked No. 74 in the world at the start of 2021, had never progressed past the third round at a Major prior to his appearance with the All England Club.

“Checking that box to make it into week two for the first time was tremendous for me. It was a big goal of mine to play well in slams and play deep in slams and have those match-ups,” he said.

“I think it helps to go into the tournament, to be ranked where I am, to be seeded where I am.”

Quiet confidence on the pitch is one of Norrie’s greatest strengths and this was another example of him getting the job done without a fuss.

Rune, who has already earned a reputation for creating drama, became irritated towards the end of the second set as his frustration at the match slipping away from him mounted.

After spurning a break point as Norrie tried to serve the second set 5-4, Rune got excited when the Brit stopped mid-ball toss.

He protested to referee Timo Janzen, claiming Norrie did it with “four, five, six” seconds on the 25-second shot clock and suggested his opponent should be issued a code violation.

Rune said it was a “minor distraction” but didn’t think Norrie did it on purpose. Norrie later said he didn’t do it on purpose.

“It’s a bit annoying, but I don’t control the rules. I think you can do it a few times, but maybe 10-15 times is too much,” Rune said.

Norrie ignored the issue and eventually served for a two-set lead before hurtling through the third in 29 minutes.

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