Agony for Cam Norrie as UK No. 2 just falls short of securing the first ATP Tour title in a three-set defeat to Albert Ramos in the Estoril Open final
- Cam Norrie failed to win his first ATP Tour title at the Estoril Open in Portugal
- The British number two lost the final 4-6 6-3 7-6 to the Spaniard Albert Ramos
- Beating Marin Cilic in the semifinals meant a successful tour for Norrie overall
Cam Norrie painfully fell short on Sunday evening in his bid to rival Dan Evans by taking a first ATP Tour title when he was dropped from the final of the Estoril Open in Portugal.
The British number two faced the lead against Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas early on, but failed to maintain his momentum by eventually losing 4-6 6-3 7-6 in two and forty-five minutes.
After a war of attrition, he led 3-1 in the sudden death tiebreaker, but then got the next six points to fall to the world’s number 46 amidst stormy conditions.
Cam Norrie (photo at Barcelona Open) failed to win his first ATP Tour title in Portugal
Nonetheless, it was another strong week for Norrie, including a semi-final win over Marin Cilic, and he could argue that he was one of the tour’s strongest improvers to date in 2021.
In terms of pure match win, he remains level among all players at eighteen thirds as he shows the changes he made to his game.
It helps that he has played repeatedly, staying away from his Putney base and staying on the track due to the complications that would result from traveling back to the UK in the current circumstances.
In the end, his stay in the fashionable seaside town of Cascais ended in disappointment as he failed to get any better in his only previous final in Auckland, the city where he grew up for the most part.
Norrie lost the Estoril Open final 4-6 6-3 7-6 to Spaniard Albert Ramos in just under three hours
By showing his serve that has gained more potential, and a willingness to get the ball earlier at the baseline, he really got his opponent in trouble after getting the decisive break in the first set at 4-4.
He was leading 2-1 in the second when Ramos Vinolas, a highly experienced gravity specialist, called an injury time-out to receive treatment for a quad muscle from the physio in front of the empty stands.
Norrie recovered from a failure in the decision maker, but was ultimately unable to deliver the knockout blow in the final shootout.