The intriguing match between Andy Murray and Cameron Norrie saw the current British No.1, seeded nine for the event, fight back to defeat the three-time grand slam winner 3-6 6-3 6-4 in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters.
But there was some positive tennis in there at times. I definitely had enough opportunities to win that match Andy Murray
The win certainly cements Norrie’s position as Britain’s top player, but it also shows that his predecessor is not that far off regaining the standard of play which saw him become a member of the Big Four.
Murray, a two-time Cincinnati champion, required a post-match on-court visit from the trainer to deal with the cramping in his right thigh which was preventing him from leaving the court after battling his compatriot for nearly two-and-three-quarter hours.
“At times I felt like I played really well and then at times didn’t. My consistency maybe was not where I’d want it,” Murray said.
“But there was some positive tennis in there at times. I definitely had enough opportunities to win that match.”
After cramping at other events in recent weeks, the 35-year-old Scot is now worried about his physical situation.
“It’s a big concern for me. It’s something I need to address and find a solution for,” Murray revealed. “You need to try and understand what’s going on there.”
World number 11 Norrie broke open a slow-moving match stalemate with a service break in the penultimate game and converted on his first match point.
“I just played the bigger points a bit better,” Norrie said. “It came down to one or two points.”
Norrie produced 39 winners to Murray’s 37. In addition Murray converted on only two of his 11 break chances and fired nearly 40 unforced errors.
“I was not physical enough at the start of the match,” Norrie said. “I was not executing the way I liked. I was pleased to get through without playing my best.”
Nick Kyrgios was also amongst the day’s casualties and departed complaining about the on-court advertising lights.
The controversial Aussie arrived on court in a negative mood, pointing out the distraction of LED lights on the advertising boards, demanding they be fixed but went down 6-3 6-2 to American Taylor Fritz,
World number 28 Kyrgios, after an excellent recent run which included the Washington title this month, could not find his best game as he crashed out to the 11th seed after just 50-minutes on court.
He has admitted he is homesick and can’t wait to get back to Canberra following the US Open which starts on August 29.
Fritz fired a 12th ace to set up match point and won as a seemingly disinterested Kyrgios, hit the top of the net with a weak forehand.
“It feels great the way my game is coming together,” Fritz said. “This is the kind of match I need to build confidence.
“A lot of things were clicking today, I felt great.”
Elsewhere in the second round, American Ben Shelton stunned fifth seed Casper Ruud, defeating the Norwegian 6-3 6-3.
Also Denis Shapovalov has re-found some form following his disastrous series of results which saw him lose nine first round matches in ten events. The Canadian has now turned the tide by reaching the second round after defeating both Grigor Dimitrov (7-6(4) 6-3) and then Tommy Paul (3-6 6-4 6-3. Next up for the Canuck is Daniil Medevedev.