Cam Norrie’s French Open is OVER after brutal defeat to Lorenzo Musetti

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BREAKING NEWS: Cam Norrie’s French Open is OVER in devastating fashion after the British No 1 is ripped apart by clay-court specialist Lorenzo Musetti in straight sets

  • Clay-court supremo Lorenzo Musetti put British No 1 Cam Norrie to the sword
  • Musetti defeated Norrie 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in a convincing win in the third round
  • Norrie has fallen at the last-32 hurdle at Roland Garros in the last three years 

Something that could be said about Cam Norrie at the French Open was that he lasted longer than anyone from the host nation, but there was not a lot else about Friday night.

The 27-year-old lefthander went down to one of his heaviest defeats at a Grand Slam, beaten in the third round 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 by Italian clay court ace Lorenzo Musetti.

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The margin, rather than the actual outcome, was the more surprising against the player who at Monte Carlo this season defeated Novak Djokovic, who had earlier made the claim that he is the ‘Ironman of Tennis.’ 

Norrie’s exit concluded another dismal clay court event for the British singles contingent, but without him it would have been even worse.

Somehow GB had a more prolonged interest in the singles than France, which was staging an inquest on Friday into how nobody made it past round two for the second time in three years.

Cameron Norrie 's French Open campaign ended in disappointing fashion with a straight-sets

Cameron Norrie ‘s French Open campaign ended in disappointing fashion with a straight-sets

Lorenzo Musetti is formidable and clay and he proved it with a devastating 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory

Lorenzo Musetti is formidable and clay and he proved it with a devastating 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory

Norrie briefly fired in the third set against the wiry world No 18, who can struggle to close out matches. The British southpaw tried to pepper his singlehanded backhand, but to not much avail against a classy operator on the clay.

It briefly looked like there could be a serious fightback in the third set when Norrie forced two break points for 5-3, but he ended up losing on the same Simmone-Mathieu court that he lost on at the same stage of this event 12 months ago.

He will now head back to tackle the grass courts in England, but will not do so with the quite the same relief as many of the British players who have long since left the French capital.

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The spoils at Roland Garros will be left to the likes of Djokovic, who earlier came through 7-6, 7-6, 6-2 against the very tough Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina.

‘Just trying to be the Iron Man of tennis,’ said the 36 year-old Serb, who had again demonstrated just how hard it is break him down in the best-of-five set format.

For Djokovic it was an eighth consecutive straight sets win in Grand Slams, but none of them have been as hard-fought as this.

By the time he had saved a set point prior to the second set tiebreak he had been on court for more than two and three quarter hours against an opponent who is a huge handful on this surface.

There was a slight world weariness to Djokovic after another match in which he showed displeasure with some of his barrackers in the crowd.

He needed a rub on his thigh muscles from the tour physio after the second tiebreak, and while it was being administered he waved his hands at some element of the crowd who were booing.

Norrie looked in the third to be staging a late fightback but it was shortlived and he soon lost

Norrie looked in the third to be staging a late fightback but it was shortlived and he soon lost

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Musetti refused to let the British southpaw generate any sort of rhythm in a ruthless display

Musetti refused to let the British southpaw generate any sort of rhythm in a ruthless display

While a healthy scepticism is needed alongside any assessment of Djokovic’s physical state, he was unusually downbeat after what had been a physically punishing contest.

‘We don’t have much time to start to name the many injuries I have, and the list is quite long,’ he said. ‘I don’t want to sit here and talk about things that are not preventing me from playing.

‘There are the circumstances that you, as a professional athlete, have to deal with. Sometimes you need help from the physio during the match, sometimes you need pills. Sometimes you need help from God or angels, or whoever. Sometimes you just have to deal with the reality.

‘The reality for me nowadays is that my body is responding differently than it did few years ago.’ He reserved his right to respond to some of those against him: ‘Actually 99 per cent of the time I will stay quiet. Sometimes I will oppose, because I feel when somebody is disrespectful he or she deserves to have an answer to that.’



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