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Norrie, only Brit remaining, into Australian Open 4th round

Norrie, only Brit remaining, into Australian Open 4th round

Britain’s Cameron Norrie earned the biggest major victory of his career on Saturday, reaching the Australian Open fourth round for the first time with an impressive 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-3 victory over Norway’s Casper Ruud.

“Honestly it is so special,” Norrie said. “I had to play really brave and almost won that second set, but I didn’t let it bother me and it was a good mental performance.”

Norrie, the only British player remaining in either singles draw, clinched the opening set with some superb serving. Ruud won the second set with a tie break, but Norrie came back from being broken at 3-2 in the next set.

An commanding final set from Norrie saw him complete a memorable victory over Ruud, who he had yet to beat in his three previous attempts.

“I stuck to my gameplan and I came through,” Norrie added. “I’ve been working hard in the off season to be a little more aggressive and managed to do that.”

Norrie will play in the fourth round on Monday against either Alexander Zverev or Alex Michelsen.

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