• Cameron Norrie sealed his best US Open performance as he reached the third round beating Federico Coria
  • He will meet for the first time Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
  • Kyle Edmund became the first player to win a tie-break over Novak Djokovic, but the Serb remained unbeaten
NEW YORK, USA – After the epic comeback over Diego SchwartzmanCameron Norrie had a more straightforward victory to move to his first US Open third round, where he will face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

 

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Cameron Norrie d. Federico Coria 6-3 6-4 6-4

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After the epic comeback from two sets down to beat No.9 seed Diego Schwartzman, World No.77 Cameron Norrie took a much easier victory over modest Argentinian Federico Coria. Guillermo’s younger and less talented brother was never a match for the Brit, able to hold his nerve in the third set as the opponent brought up a series of break points.

When Coria netted a forehand to let the Johannesburg-born Brit 5-4 ahead, the contest was over. Norrie served out the victory to move  into the third round at a Slam for the first time. Throughout the match, he won 18 of 26 net points and lost just nine of those played on his second serve. He completed the clash hitting 30 winners to 37 unforced errors but a similar rate could make things harder against his third-round opponent, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

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Norrie v Alejandro Davidovich Fokina | First Meeting

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According to the insights on the US Open website, Norrie maintains a 35% of winners from the backhand, while the Spaniard committed 48% of his errors off that side. So the lefty Brit could use down-the line backhands a bit more often than usual to put more pressure on the younger opponent.

On the quick courts at US Open, Davidovich-Fokina upset attack-minded Hubert Hurkacz, the No.24 seed, to complete his best performance at Grand Slam-level so far. He took four of his seven career hard-court win in 2020, including his maiden major victory and his first success in a five-setter at Australian Open. That win snapped a 10-match tour-level losing streak dating back to 2019 Estoril. On clay, in Rio de Janeiro, he blew three match points losing to Thiago Seyboth Wild, the Brazilian who lost to Dan Evans here, falling in the longest ATP Tour match of the season so far after three hours and 50 minutes. At age 20, in 2019, he became the youngest Spaniard to break into the Top 100 since Rafael Nadal, 20, in 2006.

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Novak Djokovic [1] d. Kyle Edmund  6-7(5) 6-3 6-4 6-2

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Facing Novak Djokovic is the ultimate challenge in men’s tennis. Kyle Edmund knows how to beat him as he defeated the Serbian in Madrid a couple of years ago. Besides, he’s perfectly aware that swinging freely is not enough against the World No.1, one of the most resilient and agile players in modern history, unique in his ability to absorb the opponent strokes and give them back ball after ball until they choke or over-hit.

Having a good plan and massive strokes, also, isn’t necessarily a guarantee, as he learned in Flushing Meadows. He became the first player to win a tie-break against the World. 1, catching Djokovic’s drop-shots, breaking him down with solid first and second serves and a streak of aggressive groundstrokes off both sides. Edmund studied the match in detail, he even brought three pairs of shoes to neutralise the humidity and try to avoid blisters. He played at his best so he had nothing more to give when Djokovic, down a set for the third time in his last four matches, raise his level, striking 51 winners to complete his 28th straight victory dating back to November 2019.

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