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Norrie gets his Vienna Challenge underway

Cameron Norrie, recently installed as British No.1 after winning the Indian Wells Masters, continued his hot winning streak as he opened his Erste Bank Open campaign in Vienna with a solid victory over Hungarian Marton Fucsovics after a wobbly star.

For me it was important to tell myself before the match that it would be difficult Cameron Norrie

Playing his first match since that historic moment in British tennis 10 days ago, he again showed his resolution and focus to come out and claim his seventh victory on the trot and 48th of the season.

The 7-6(4) 6-1 victory also keeps him the chase for the last spot in the eight-man ATP Finals field next month in Turin. He currently stands 10th on the leader board behind Rafa Nadal, eighth (who has opted out and will not play), and Hubert Hurkacz, the Hungarian who was knocked out by Andy Murray on Monday.

The world No 14 will play sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, who is also vying for a place in Turin and currently sits in 12th place. The Canadian reached the second round with comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania.

Norrie’s status within the game rose dramatically following his win in the Californian desert but he has always shown he has the stamina to outrun any player, however good a start they may get over him.

Fucsovics did start well as he opened a up a 3-0 lead taking full advantage of a string of errors from the Norrie racket but once he settled, the race was on.

With Fucsovics leading 4-2 Norrie strung together four consecutive games to give himself the chance to serve out for the first set.

However the Hungarian broke back to love forcing a tie-break, where Norrie got the better of him, pocketing the set when Fucsovics dragged a forehand wide.

From that moment Norrie took control with his powerful ground shots and raced into a 5-0 lead before Fucsovics could post a game on the score board but it was all too late for the Hungarian to prevent his opponent from joining his countryman Murray in the second round.

Prior to the match, Norrie admitted that his success at Indian Wells had to be forgotten and he had to focus on the present.

He told the Mail Online: “It’s dangerous if when you get a title like that you think you are going to go out and chop guys comfortably,” he said.

“For me it was important to tell myself before the match that it would be difficult.”

Also in action was the top seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece who saved three set points in the first set before ousting Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(6) 6-4 in their first-round encounter.

Tsitsipas withstood 10 aces from Dimitrov and saved all four break points he faced in the one-hour, 42-minute clash.

The Greek star will be hoping to avenge his Wimbledon defeat to American Frances Tiafoe when they next meet, Tiafoe having taken out Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6-4 6-4 to progress into the second round.

Other first-round winners included second seed Alexander Zverev of Germany, fourth seed Casper Ruud of Norway, and Austria’s Dennis Novak.


Taylor Fritz takes a breather during the Saint Petersburg Open

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At the St. Petersburg Open fifth-seeded Taylor Fritz defeated Finnish qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori 6-1 6-4 in 68-to set up a second-round clash with countryman Tommy Paul, a 6-3 6-2 winner against Spain’s Pedro Martinez. The two friends have never faced one another in an ATP Tour-level match.

Others advancing in Russia included their fellow American Mackenzie McDonald, U.S. Open quarterfinalist Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands, Ilya Ivashka of Belarus, Pablo Andujar-Alba of Spain and John Millman of Australia.





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