Cameron Norrie loses in straight sets to Andrey Rublev, the last Brit to be eliminated in singles at the US Open

NEW YORK — Cameron NorrieHis run at the US Open ended in the fourth round after losing in straight sets Andrei Rublev on Monday.

Norrie wanted to become the first British player to reach the men’s singles quarter-finals since Andy Murray in 2016 but in a rain-stopped game, Norrie was frustrated with unforced errors that saw him lose to Rublev 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in 2 hours and 26 minutes.

“I felt like I started the game very well, very relaxed and played well and served well.” said Norrie. “Yeah, I might have felt a little too relaxed and lacking in energy. I do not know why. I felt like Andrey really didn’t give me anything and he was very solid. All credit goes to him.”

The match was a bizarre stop-start affair, with two breaks in the second set due to rain. World No. 9 Norrie was already a set and a laydown by this point.

Rublev broke Norrie in the ninth game of the opener to win that 6-4, then followed that up with a quick break in the second set to lead 3-2 on serve by the end of game five.

It had started to rain and the game was stopped to allow Louis Armstrong’s roof to close. But despite the break, the roof stayed open and the game continued. Only two games later the game was stopped again. There was a 23 minute break as the roof closed and the court dried. Despite the break, Norrie Rublev couldn’t push back and it was the Russian who took a two-set lead.

“It was weird,” Norrie said. “They decided to keep it open and they waited a little bit to dry the court and then we played two games, two very fast games and then suddenly, oh no, the rain came again. We had to wait again for the roof to close. Yes, it is what it is.”

The third set risked getting away from Norrie as he lost a break of serve in the fifth game, but it switched again in the sixth when Norrie broke back after receiving a racquet abuse warning after knocking him to the floor after his 33rd unforced error of the game

That seemed to electrify Norrie as he then took seventh place to take a 4-3 lead. “I think that was the best game of the game,” Norrie said. “I played the only game where I had a chance to really break. So I felt like I could let go a bit. Obviously breaking clubs and doing that is not ideal. Yes, I very rarely do this so I was able to kind of snap and change my energy and really lift after that.

But Rublev equalized in the next set and then secured three break points in the ninth. Norrie saved the first two but couldn’t get close to a wonderful cross-court backhand from Rublev to give him a chance to serve for the match. And he dominated that final game as Norrie netted a backhand to lead Rublev to his third US Open quarterfinal where he defeated Rafa Nadal or Frances Tiafoe.

“I think everything was on my side today,” said Rublev. “I played [a] really good match, consistent match. Plus Cameron maybe [in] All the important moments when I need to make an ace or make a first serve always happen to me making it.

“Every time Cameron had a chance, every time he missed or a shot or something, I played good shots. In every important moment that something happened, it was always by my side.”

The defeat means all British players are eliminated from singles at this year’s US Open. Norrie was last standing after Dan Evans fell to Marin Cilic in the third round, and Jack Draper had to give up his third round game injured Karen Khachanov. On the women’s side Harriet Dart reached the second round of singles, where she lost Dalma Galfi at the defending champion Emma Raducanu lost in the first round Alize Cornet.

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