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Zhuhai | Norrie is beaten; Kyrgios succumbs to injury

Zhuhai | Norrie is beaten; Kyrgios succumbs to injury

British number three Cameron Norrie was beaten by France’s Gael Monfils in the second round of the Zhuhai Championships in China.

I'm quite happy I could pull up this one tonight. It was important for my confidence Gael Monfils

The third seeded Monfils, 33, won 5-7 6-3 6-4 and progresses to play Albert Ramos Vinolas in the quarter-finals, the Spaniard having successfully outplayed the hard hitting Serb, Miomir Kemanovic 7-6(3) 6-3.

Frenchman Monfils survived a two-hour, 8-minute marathon to reach the final eight and declared following the gruelling encounter: “I’m not quite yet ready, because of the jet lag. I’m still battling, but I’m quite happy I could pull up this one tonight. It was important for my confidence.”

While there was disappointment for the British No.3, he put up a strong challenge before submitting.

In other matches Australia’a sixth seed Nick Kyrgios was beaten in his first-round match by world 74 Italian Andreas Seppi 7-6(5) 6-1 losing a commanding 4-1 lead in the opening set when he aggravated the shoulder injury picked up at the weekend at the Laver Cup in Geneva.

“I was battling with a bit of a shoulder/collar bone injury,” the 27th-ranked Aussie declared.

“At this rate I’m not thinking about playing until my shoulder — or I don’t even know what it is – but until the front of my shoulder feels better and I can serve,” he added, revealing his right shoulder had been “clicking”.

“I mean the reason I lost today was because I couldn’t serve. If I could serve, it would have been a pretty routine win for me, to be honest.”

Asked if he meant to sit out the next few weeks or even the rest of the season, Kyrgios replied: “For sure, I mean at this rate I wouldn’t be surprised. I wasn’t able to even serve at a reasonable pace.

“I’m probably not going to bother playing until I can get it right again,” he added.

As a consequence, the 24-year-old is considering resting until at least the Davis Cup finals in November having also lost his doubles match later in the day.

The 36-year-old Seppi will play Chinese wild card Zhang Zhizhen, who triumphed over German qualifier Dominik Koepfer 7-5 6-2, for a final eight spot.

Earlier in the day, No. 5 seed Pouille crashed out after losing 7-6(4) 6-2 to South Korean qualifier Kwon Soon-woo, 21, who now plays the Bosnia and Herzegovina qualifier, Damir Dzumhur in the second round.

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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