After a night of rain, the French Open continued with the men’s singles final. For sheer drama, this was one of the most exciting matches in recent memory. Cameron Norrie took on Andy Murray for who would be crowned grand slam champion at Paris Masters 2018 yesterday. The match went to tiebreak after 3 sets and 6 hours long playing time before Murray came out victorious 5-7 7-6(1) 4-6 6-2
Cameron Norrie defeated Argentina’s Federico Delbonis to achieve his 100th ATP Tour triumph – and his 49th win in 2021.
With a good first victory at the Paris Masters, British men’s number one Cameron Norrie resumed his attempt to reach the ATP Finals.
Norrie, who is currently ranked 13th in the world, defeated Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-2, 6-1.
Norrie, 26, has a chance to qualify for one of the last two berths in the season-ending finals, which begin on November 14 in Turin.
Dan Evans was defeated by Alexander Bublik, and Andy Murray is scheduled to play later on Monday.
Norrie has had his greatest season to date, putting him in contention for a spot in Turin, which has taken over as the host city for the year-ending event from London.
The left-hander has reached six finals this year, including last month at Indian Wells, where he won the coveted championship, and his increased consistency has seen him jump from 74th to 15th in the world.
Casper Ruud of Norway and Jannik Sinner of Italy, on the other hand, are favorites to qualify for the eight-man finals in Paris.
Norrie said it’s “very exciting” to still be in the race after defeating Delbonis.
He told Amazon Prime, “To be in the question of that event at this point of the year reflects the improvements I’ve made this year.”
“It’s precisely where I want to be playing these games with a bit more pressure and drive.”
Norrie’s participation in the tournament might be sealed if he wins another Masters title after his victory in Indian Wells, but he will have harder competition than Delbonis in the French city.
Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev, the world’s top two men’s players, are among the strong field in the indoor hard-court tournament.
Norrie, the 10th seed, will now face either American Reilly Opelka or Serbian Filip Krajinovic after getting through Delbonis, who extended his losing record to eleven matches.
Evans is defeated in a thrilling encounter.
After a great season in which he won his first ATP Tour championship, Dan Evans is ranked 23rd in the world.
Evans, the British number two, lost 2-6 7-5 7-5 to Kazakhstan’s Bublik, before Murray, the former world number one, faces German fortunate loser Dominik Koepfer about 18:30 GMT.
Koepfer, who is ranked 58th in the world, is a late substitute for American qualifier Jenson Brooksby, who pulled out on Monday afternoon.
Evans, 31, had his opportunities against Bublik, who was unpredictable, and seemed to be in command after a strong first set.
At 5-5 in the second set, the Briton’s sloppy service game resulted in a double fault, enabling his opponent to serve out the match and force a deciding.
Bublik, the world number 36, made six double faults in an astonishing game, including one on match point, as he sought to serve out the match at 5-4.
But he quickly recovered to break back, then secured the match, setting up a second-round showdown with Ruud.
Djokovic, the world number one, returns to the singles court on Tuesday for the first time since his ambitions of completing a calendar Grand Slam were dashed in the US Open final by Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev in September.
The 34-year-old Serb will face Marton Fucsovics on Tuesday, after the Hungarian beat Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-1 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 on Tuesday (7-5).