Monte Carlo | Norrie into last 16
Cameron Norrie scored another victory at the Monte Carlo Masters and looks in good shape perhaps reach the quarter-finals should he get past his next opponent.
He’s obviously extremely confident after the win yesterday against [Karen] Khachanov. It’s a huge one on the clay. I think he’s almost more of the favorite a little bit going into this one Cameron Norrie
He has shown some excellent spirit on his debut at the Principality as he fought his way past Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics in round two, to secure a 7-6(3) 6-3 win.
The British No.2 recovered well from 0-3 down in the first set to triumph after one-hour and 46-minutes and slip into the last 16 where he faces Lorenzo Sonego, a qualifier from Italy ranked 96, who dispatched the eighth seeded Karen Khachanov 7-6(4) 6-4 to make the same stage.
The 23-year-old Briton, who watched Sonego play during his South American swing earlier this year, commented: “I don’t think there is many easy ones out there on ranking. I think it looks like it’s a good opportunity. I have seen this guy play and compete. He’s really tough. I’m going to have to expect the worst.
“He’s obviously extremely confident after the win yesterday against [Karen] Khachanov. It’s a huge one on the clay. I think he’s almost more of the favorite a little bit going into this one.”
In British terms there is currently a race for the top national spot which – including Dan Evans — should prove interesting over the coming season.
“I think it’s great,” Norrie added. “I think it’s been a couple of years since we have had I think three guys in the top 100 from the UK, so it’s nice to have those kind of guys around the similar rankings and have each other supporting each other and practising with each other and having kind of that culture that some of the other countries, like Argentinian guys have and the French guys kind of have.
“So I think it’s nice to kind of have that, and it will be nice to get a couple more guys in the mix. It’s wonderful to see Dan kind of shoot up very quickly. Definitely going to see him in some of the ATP events, so it will be nice to kind of have him around.”
And on the subject of Dan Evans, he has earned a place in the main draw of next month’s French Open at Roland Garros.
It will be the first time in two years that the world number 89 has made the main draw by ranking. He has only played there once when he lost to Tommy Robredo in the first round in 2017.
Evans, 28, has clawed his way back up the rankings this year after returning from a 12-month ban for taking cocaine at a social event.
Last year Edmund reached the third-round while Norrie exited in the second.
In the women’s draw Johanna Konta and Katie Boulter are safely in the main draw with Konta still attempting to get past the opening round for the first time while Boulter will be making her debut
The French Open takes place in Paris between 20 May and 9 June