The British No 1 lost 6-2 7-5 5-7 6-4 to Karen Khachanov; he was aiming to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time; Norrie’s exit from the main draw ends British interest in the singles draws at Roland Garros; Carlos Alcaraz progresses through to fourth round
Last Updated: 27/05/22 11:39pm
British No 1 Cameron Norrie has been knocked out of the French Open in the third round after a four-set defeat to Karen Khachanov.
Norrie was aiming to progress into the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career, but fell 6-2 7-5 5-7 6-4 to the 21st seed.
The British No 1’s defeat ends British interest in the singles main draws at the clay-court Grand Slam in Paris.
Norrie said: “I’m very disappointed but I tried as hard as I could and had a good attitude, gave myself a chance. I need to keep doing what I’m doing and learn from these matches.
“I think Karen was better than me, he played the bigger points better and deserved the win. I had a lot of break points but he made it difficult for me. I thought he played great.
“I wanted to make the second week for first time but I didn’t play my best.”
Norrie had a host of early chances he had to press ahead against Khachanov. In the first set alone, he forced eight break points but did not convert one of them.
By the time the British player was 4-2 down in the second, he had missed 11 opportunities to break in total, while Khachanov had converted all three of his.
At the 12th time of asking, Norrie did make a breakthrough, a well-worked point finished with a volley at the net to bring the second set back on serve.
Then a set point for Norrie on the Khachanov serve came and went, and instead, it was the 21st seed’s power which forced the errors and secured him a two-set lead.
It was the same story at the start of the third; Norrie created two break points, missed both and was immediately broken again.
Khachanov allowed the 10th seed back into the set twice, and Norrie finished the job with a break to take it into a fourth.
The effort seemed to have taken its toll on Norrie though and Khachanov started the set – now being played under the Parisian floodlights – like a metro train, as he roared 5-1 ahead.
Norrie battled to the end, saving three match points before breaking for 3-5, but he succumbed to a powerful service game, which Khachanov finished with an ace down the middle.
“Cameron is a really good player,” Khachanov said on court after. “He makes you feel like you need to build every point.
“It was a really awesome contest, I enjoyed it but I’m destroyed! The energy here in Paris always is great – I always say that this is one of my favourite Grand Slams. I always play well here and I just want to continue that way.”