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.