Ruud rallies against Norrie to continue with options

Cameron Norrie, substitute for Stefanos Tsitsipas, who withdrew from the ATP Finals with a right elbow injury, was about to make life very difficult for Casper Ruud on Wednesday. But the Norwegian came back (1-6, 6-3 and 6-4 in 1h51) and he still has a chance to qualify for the semi-finals. To do so, he will have to beat Andrey Rublev on Friday in a direct duel for a place (the other already belongs to Djokovic) in the Green Group. Norrie no longer has a chance to pass, but he showed his face and was also close to extending the third set, going 40-40 in the tenth and last game of the match.

The British, fourth to play the Masters after Henman, Rusedski and Andy Murray, who had lost this year to the Norwegian in the final in San Diego, put him on the ropes with a good review in the first set. But Ruud, a debutant this year like Norrie, Hurkacz and Sinner, improved and reacted, increased his serve percentages and he took control of the game in time to avoid the debacle of a possible elimination.

“At first the blows didn’t feel good and I made a lot of mistakes,” said the Rafa Nadal Academy disciple., who in 2021 has made his debut in the top-10 and has won five titles and who dedicated his triumph to the injured in Turin Berrettini and Tsitsipas.

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