TURIN, ITALY – Cameron Norrie was a late alternate for Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Nitto ATP Finals but lost his opening match to Casper Ruud in three sets as he faces the world number one Novak Djokovic next.
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An elbow injury meant that Stefanos Tsitsipas became the second player to withdraw from the Nitto ATP Finals after Matteo Berrettini. This meant that Cameron Norrie would have the opportunity to play at the season-ending finals and his first match would be against eighth seed Casper Ruud.
Despite the late notice, Norrie had no problems adapting to his first ever appearance at the season-ending finals as he looked comfortable at the net and creating all sorts of problems through his forehand. A mis-fired cross-court backhand from Ruud gave the Brit an early break lead as he dominated the majority of the points. Another break followed as Norrie had all the answers on court as he took the opening set 6-1 in 33 minutes.
In the second set Ruud improved his ability to create effective patterns on the semi-fast Turin court as he slowly figured out Norrie’s game. Neither player was troubled on serve until the eighth game when the Norwegian produced a low approach shot which Norrie couldn’t return back at the net allowing Ruud the crucial break. A comfortable hold sealed the second set for the eighth seed as the match went to a deciding set.
The level of the deciding set was at an exhilarating standard as both players pushed for the early break. Norrie’s defence managed to keep Ruud’s attack out of reach for a while with some consistently jaw-dropping shots especially from the backhand. However in the fifth game a costly double fault handed the Norwegian the crucial break for a 3-2 lead.
Norrie tried to break back and managed to save match points in the tenth game to take Ruud to his limits. However Ruud’s firepower was too much as he closed out the match to become the first Norwegian to win a match at the Nitto ATP Finals.
Cameron Norrie  v Novak Djokovic  H2H & Match Fundamentals
Djokovic has continued to show why he is the best player in the world this season winning three of the four grand slams and finishing the year as world number one. The Serb is undoubtedly the favourite for the title in Turin having won Paris last week and looking imperious on serve.
Norrie will need to be aggressive from the start of the match and use his variety to catch the world number one off guard. Having already qualified for the semi-finals Djokovic will not go all-out for the win so if Norrie can bring a high intensity and consistency to the match then he could cause an upset win. Either way playing the world number one at the season-ending finals will be an experience Norrie will remember for a long time.
Prediction: Djokovic in three sets.
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