After 58 Break Points, Norrie Saves 2 M.P. To Stun Schwartzman
Brit recovers from two sets down
In a thrilling encounter on Court 5, Cameron Norrie rallied from two sets down for only the second time in his career, saving two match points, to eliminate ninth seed Diego Schwartzman on Monday at the US Open.
The 25-year-old dropped serve five times in the opening two sets, before charging back to stun Schwartzman 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 in three hours and 58 minutes. The match featured an astounding 58 break points.
"I think it had a lot to do with how he returns. It was tough to get free points out there," Norrie said. "It’s nice to be part of that and it shows that it was just two dogs out there battling with no serves really. It was a good match."
Norrie trailed 3-5 in the decider and saved a match point in consecutive games with depth and power on his forehand side to reach 5-5. After a love service hold, the World No. 76 in the FedEx ATP Rankings broke serve for the 11th time at 6-5 to earn his second victory in three ATP Head2Head matches against Schwartzman.
Despite most players commenting that court speeds were quicker than usual during last week’s Western & Southern Open, Schwartzman and Norrie were grinding, scrapping balls back into play in their first-round encounter. Norrie went 11 for 31 on break points and saved 19 of the 27 break points he faced.
"I was just real happy that I stayed patient and didn’t snap too much. I think I could have easily snapped at missing that many returns, especially against a guy [who doesn’t have] a huge serve," Norrie said. "I think my attitude won it for me today… sometimes you’ve got to win ugly, I think.”
Did You Know?
Norrie is only the second player outside the Top 20 in the FedEx ATP Rankings to beat two-time quarter-finalist Schwartzman at the US Open. The only other player to achieve the feat was 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro in 2016.