Cameron Norrie bows out of the US Open as young Brit is beaten by world No 62 Dusan Lajovic in four sets
- Cameron Norrie was beaten 6-4 2-6 6-4 6-4 by Dusan Lajovic on Wednesday
- Twenty-three-year-old Norrie has never reached the third round of a Grand Slam
- Lajovic will face either Nicolas Jarry or John Isner in the last 32 at the US Open
Cameron Norrie’s bid to reach the third round of a grand slam for the first time ended in defeat by Dusan Lajovic at the US Open.
The 23-year-old joined Andy Murray in the second round by beating Jordan Thompson in round one for his third slam victory but the first one in which his opponent had not retired.
He had high hopes of following that up against Lajovic, ranked five places higher at 62, but was unable to take his chances in a 6-2 2-6 6-4 6-4 defeat.
Britain’s Cameron Norrie is out of the US Open after losing his second round match in four sets
World No 62 Dusan Lajovic, who is ranked five places above young Norrie, won 6-4 2-6 6-4 6-4
Norrie hit 35 winners but also made 58 unforced errors as he was edged out in a tight battle
In a match that very closely mirrored Murray’s clash with Fernando Verdasco on Ashe and finished only a minute later, Norrie responded well after losing the first set but it was Lajovic who proved the tougher at the biggest moments.
Norrie had chances to break back for 5-5 in both the third and fourth sets but made costly errors, with his final tally of only three break points converted from 14 chances telling its own story.
The British number two, meanwhile, was unhappy to be penalised a first serve on his return from the 10-minute heat break after the third set, telling the umpire he had been assured by officials he had enough time.
Norrie missed the chance to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time
Norrie lost to Lajovic, who is ranked five places above him in the world rankings
As he did last year, Norrie went out of the US Open at the second round stage
In addition to Norrie’s defeat, fellow Brit Andy Murray was also knocked out of the US Open