Andy Murray scored the maximum points he could with two wins on the board as he dispatched Cameron Norrie. The British No. 3 had been stunned in his opening match by Jack Draper, and while Norrie played better this time around, Murray’s movement and play-making proved to be too much.
As the match wore on, Norrie looked more comfortable and was trying to look for chances to come forward, but often found himself pinned to the baseline, but did manage to come back from an early break, even having a set point, before losing the tie-break, and so is still in the hunt for points on Wednesday.
It looked as through top spot honours would go to Emma Raducanu as she started fast against Heather Watson, and even though the British No. 2 fought back in the first set, it went the way of the youngster. Watson had to dig in and turn around another early break at the start of the second set, and that proved pivotal.
The double faults that had proved so costly in her match against Katy Dunne returned again, and Watson took her chances, breaking Raducanu twice to take the match into the deciding tie-break.
From there it was one-way traffic for the more experienced player, as she opened up too much of a lead for Raducanu to pull back, securing the top spot at the end of Day Three.
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The British No. 1 Dan Evans will hope that Draper, who turned 19 years of age today, will fall short in the last hurdle to give Evans either tie or top the table at the end of the week.
He will face a determined Norrie who has yet to grab a point, having lst both his matches in straight sets. Norrie has improved as the he has had more match time, but Evans, who blew Liam Broady off the court for the loss of only two games, will have had plenty of practice against a leftie for his battle with Norrie.
Evans faced a stern test in Murray on the opening day, and Norrie will not be a pushover, but Evans did not necessarily play badly against Murray and it is a measure of the work the former World No. 1 had put in that gives everyone hope that his stop start comeback can progress.
With Evans having won their only tour level match (at an ATP Challenger level), the rest of their encounters have come as part of the Battle of the Brits where they split wins. With Evans slightly ahead after Norrie retired in their last match, the British No. 1 has looked in impressive form.
Norrie was looking for his chances to rush the net, but Murray disrupted those chances, much in the same way as he frustrated Evans, so we could see a more cat-and-mouse affair, and this one could well go the distance.
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