It was Wimbledon disappointment for Cameron Norrie as the 12th seed produced an underwhelming performance in a four set defeat to Christopher Eubanks. Last year’s semi-finalist came back from a poor first set to level the match at one set all before Eubanks took control of the third set with some blistering power from the baseline.
Signs of a comeback were present in the fourth set with Norrie taking a break lead but ultimately the 12th seed didn’t show up in the big moments as he suffered a second round exit. After the match Norrie admitted he got outplayed and credit Eubanks for being aggressive in the match.
“I think credit to Chris on that one. He played unbelievable. Served well. Came out, was hitting the ball huge. Didn’t miss at all,” Norrie said of Eubanks’ performance.
“I got outplayed. I couldn’t really get into the match how I wanted. Wasn’t feeling the ball, like, that well today. I fought as hard as I could. Yeah, came up against someone who was really confident. He played great. So he definitely deserved to win the match. I told him that. Everything went his way today, and he deserved it.
“I know him from college. Watched him play a lot. I know his game pretty well. I had a really good plan going into the match. I was feeling confident. He was redlining, playing so aggressive. Yeah, I think it was credit to him.
“He executed how he was hitting the ball, and what he was going for was so aggressive and so risky, and it paid off for him. Credit to him. He deserved it. Obviously disappointed, but I came up against someone tough.”
The American had won Mallorca coming into Wimbledon and clearly believed in his game as he took the match to Norrie. Despite Eubanks’ aggression and dominance, Norrie did have the break in the fourth set and the chance to force a fifth set.
However things didn’t go Norrie’s way and after the match the British number one admitted there wasn’t a lot happening in the match and hinted it was tough to play the match on his terms.
“It was tough. There was not a lot happening in the match,” Norrie explained.
“It was absolute rockets from him and winners from him, unforced errors from him, everything up to him. It was tough for the crowd to get into the match. Tough for me to get into the match.
“I think I understand it better than anyone else. I can feel it. I can feel the ebbs and flows of the matches in the match.
“I think today it was almost like nothing happening in the match. It was just a lot of serving from both of us, no rhythm to the points or anything. A lot was up to him. It was credit to him to make the match like that and to play like that on his terms.”
Norrie ‘disappointed’ with 2023 Grand Slam record
Norrie’s defeat to Eubanks means it’s another exit for the Brit at a Grand Slam this year after losing before the second week at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros. After his latest defeat Norrie was brutally honest and reflected on his poor Grand Slam season so far.
“I’m disappointed, like I said. I wanted to play well at the slams,” Norrie explained in his press conference.
“It’s not quite working out for me right now. I’m preparing as well as I can, leaving no stone unturned with my team, my preparation and everything. More than anything I’m disappointed. Yeah, I want to play well in slams. I think there’s no reason why not. I’m tougher to beat over five sets. But, yeah, I just need to keep improving.”
Norrie will look to improve what has been a testing season for the Brit after achieving great results last season. Now Norrie will turn to US hard court swing and the US Open with the final Grand Slam of the season starting on Monday 28 August.
Norrie’s 2022 US Hard Court Swing:
ATP 250 Los Cabos: Final (l. Medvedev)
ATP 1000 Montreal: Third Round (l. Auger-Aliassime)
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