• Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie suffered regrettable losses ending Brits hopes in men’s singles at the 2020 US Open
  • The Brit No.1 came back on court after yesterday’s rain suspension and wasted a 4-1 lead in the fourth set against Frenchman Corentin Moutet
  • Cameron Norrie started to feel dehydrated as Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina dominated the final sets
NEW YORK, USA – No more British players remained in the draw at this year’s US Open. Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans lost to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Corentin Moutet.

 

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Corentin Moutet d. Dan Evans [23] 4-6 6-3 7-6(5) 7-6(1)

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In a match split into two days after Thursday’s rain suspension, Dan Evans succumbed to Corentin Moutet putting and end to the Brit’s presence at 2020 US Open in men’s singles. The British No.1 lost a match he could have won, wasting a 4-1 lead in the third-set tiebreak and another 4-1 advantage in the fourth set.

Evans blamed himself for the defeat against the unpredictable Frenchman who lacked, according to the No.23 seed, a clear gameplan.

He told BBC Sport: “I didn’t play great over the two days. I was up in the match on numerous occasions. I have nothing to blame apart from myself. You have to win those matches. You have to win them to be a good player and go up the rankings. From the positions I was in, I didn’t do anything really well.”

“[Moutet’s] way of playing was awkward – I have to give him credit. He doesn’t really have a game style or plan, and it’s difficult. I thought today he served better. He makes you think twice about what you’re going to do and play.”

Definitely, Moutet served better and made him think twice on every shot. Exasperated by his opponent’s ability to raise his level during his service games and in the closing stages of the contest, Evans looked completed disheartened in a one-sided final set tiebreak.

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina d. Cameron Norrie 7-6(2) 4-6 6-2 6-1

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After two tight sets, Cameron Norrie suddenly surrendered to Spaniard Davidovich Fokina, who improved his best result at Grand Slam level.The World No.76 committed 57 unforced errors, concentrated largely in the last two sets as his level dropped worryingly.

Tension dominated the proceedings in the first set, but the Spaniard won five points in a row to win the tiebreak. Norrie saved three break points in the fourth game in the second set, managing to break in the next game moving 3-2 ahead.

After winning the second set, he began to feel dehydrated and his vision began to deteriorate as a consequence. His form deserted him losing more than 60% of points on his serve during the third set.

As reported by BBC Sport, he said: “I was real dehydrated and [my vision] got a little bit blurry at the start of the third when I broke. I was not really seeing the ball that clearly. Towards the end I managed to drink a little bit more and actually felt great in the fourth set but it was too late, he played freely and he played great.”

The third round matches continue at the US Open from 11am (4pm BST).

 

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