Former school star Cameron Norrie has performed the function of professor this week on the Western & Southern Open, education three 19-year-olds on his option to the Cincinnati semi-finals.
And in an exciting quarter-final showdown, the British contender gave third seed Carlos Alcaraz a lesson in staying the course as he answered the Spaniard’s comeback bid with a turnaround of his personal in a 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 6-4 victory.
Norrie, 26, who additionally beat teenagers Holger Rune and Ben Shelton this week, surrendered a 4-1 lead within the second set earlier than battling again from 1-3 down within the decider with an unflinching efficiency within the face of the Spaniard’s cost.
Whereas Alcaraz was under his finest for stretches of the night, he produced one of many factors of the season at 5/4 within the second-set tie-break. The electrical alternate sparked the 19-year-old into life, however Norrie by no means folded whilst he was 10 factors from defeat.
As he confirmed in his earlier three-setter towards Andy Murray, one of many basic qualities that has pushed Norrie in the direction of the highest of his recreation is his composure.
In that match towards his compatriot, Norrie’s head didn’t drop, his shoulders didn’t slouch and he emerged from his lavatory break after the primary set nonetheless optimistic. After three powerful, bodily units towards the previous world No 1, Norrie progressed.
Whereas the Briton didn’t play the flashy model of tennis that Alcaraz used to beat him in every of their earlier three conferences, he pissed off his opponent together with his regular recreation on centre court docket, patiently grinding from the baseline and capitalising on his hard-earned alternatives to step into the court docket.
“It’s powerful as a result of he can take the racquet utterly out of your hand,” Norrie mentioned, discussing his 25 winners and 30 errors within the match. “When he’s dictating with the forehand it’s actually powerful and also you’re working loads.
“I simply needed to attempt to put the ball in awkward positions within the court docket,” Norrie defined. “I managed to serve nicely, I improved loads on my earlier matches.”
However Norrie responded immediately and didn’t face a break level once more, incomes the decisive break within the set’s ninth recreation. The Briton has moved up two spots to No 9 within the Pepperstone ATP reside rankings this week, and risen three spots to eleventh within the Pepperstone ATP Reside Race To Turin.
With the loss, Alcaraz drops to 17-4 on the ATP Masters 1000s this season and loses the possibility to assert his third title at that degree on the yr — a feat that might have lifted him to a brand new career-high of World No 2.
As a substitute, he stays at No 4 within the Pepperstone ATP Reside Rankings, leaving a gap for Stefanos Tsitsipas to cross him with the Cincinnati title. Nonetheless, Alcaraz could have an opportunity to rise to World No 1 on the US Open beginning on August 29.