Norrie Rebounds, Stuns Alcaraz In Dramatic Fashion For Rio Title
Cameron Norrie pulled off one of his best career wins topping Carlos Alcaraz from a set and 3-0 down to win it 5-7, 6-4, 7-5. Alcaraz, who suffered his first defeat of the season, led 7-5, 3-0 and was two points from breaking Norrie again for 4-0 in the second.
“So special to win this one, especially I’d lost a couple finals already this year and I had to do it the tough way,” Norrie said to the ATP. “A set and a break down and 0-30 on my serve, I was looking done there and I managed to flick a switch and turn it around, so it was a good day.”
Norrie had lost four of his last five against the Spaniard, including the final last Sunday in Buenos Aires. But today he won the last three games of the match for his second career win over a world No. 2.
“Especially on a surface that I’m not too comfortable with,” Norrie said. “I had to battle a lot of demons the last couple weeks, but I managed to just play well in the big moments and that’s what it took today.”
The 19-year-old Alcaraz was troubled by ongoing upper right leg issues, but still battled. And the Spaniard led with a break early in the third 2-0.
Norrie, ranked No. 13, added three aces, gave away five doubles, was 6 of 16 on break chances, faced 9 break chances, broke serve six times in the match.
Norrie picks up his fifth career title while Alcaraz falls to 8-2 in title matches. Not bad for a teenager.
Both players now head to Acapulco though the status of Alcaraz’s injury is unclear.
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