BREAKING NEWS: Cam Norrie’s French Open is OVER in devastating fashion after the British No. 1 was torn apart by clay-court specialist Lorenzo Musetti in straight sets
- Clay-court supremo Lorenzo Musetti put Britain’s number 1 Cam Norrie to the sword
- Musetti beat Norrie 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in a convincing third-round win
- Norrie has fallen in the last hurdle of 32 at Roland Garros in the last three years
Cameron Norrie’s French Open campaign ended in disappointing fashion with a straight-set loss to Lorenzo Musetti in the third round.
It’s the third year in a row the British No.1 has fallen in the Round of 16, and he only managed to put up a real challenge in the third set before losing 6-1, 6-2, 6 -4.
There’s certainly no shame in losing to 21-year-old Musetti, who is ranked just five places below Norrie and whose best surface is clay, but the 14th seed will be disappointed by the way of what is one of his worst Grand Slam defeats. in terms of scoring.
The result, meanwhile, ends Britain’s singles hopes in a tournament where only three players have even made the starting line.
Norrie recently lost to Musetti in Barcelona but spoke positively after his second-round win over Lucas Pouille about what he learned from that clash.
However, he was immediately on the back foot, losing serve in the opener against the elegant Italian and quickly losing the first set.
The second was no better, with Musetti too often finding a response to anything Norrie could throw at him, and the 17th seed also broke early in the third.
Norrie was watching his worst slam defeat but he at least pulled his fist out of it, smashing Musetti, who had lost by straight sets in his two previous Roland Garros appearances, back and creating three break chances for 5-3.
The Italian held firm, however, and drilled a forehand past Norrie to break again before serving up the win.