Cameron Norrie’s recent winning run has come to an end after losing in straight sets to Emil Ruusuvuori in the Atlanta quarter-finals. The Brit was on a five match winning streak heading into this match and started this match confidently on serving as he tested Ruusuvuori’s defensive skills. However the Finnish player responded with some powerful shots of his own as he was the one threatening with the break in the opening set. A couple of Norrie’s service games went to deuce but managed to prevent any break points being created as the first set went to a tiebreak.
Ruusuvuori then continued his consistent hitting to a new level as he outpowered a heavy-legged Norrie, creating all sorts of angles and moving well into positions where he could hit aggressive shots. In the end the world number 78 won seven of the eight points in the tiebreak as he edged out the opening set. As the match went on, Norrie’s fatigue was evident from his shot selection to his court positioning while Ruusuvuori continued to look energised. In the sixth game a flurry of powerful forehands sealed the break to love.
There was no stopping the man from Finland from there as he continued to serve well and continue his aggressive sots from the baseline. Ruusuvuori served out the biggest victory of his season to seal his place in the last four.
As for Norrie he heads to Washington DC as he continues his preparations for the US Open.
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