Cameron Norrie is still at home in Auckland. He grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and reached his first ATP Tour final there in 2019. He hopes to win his fifth tour title at the ASB Classic, which he has won in 2019.
The multi-national Norrie, who plays in the British flag, was cheered by his “home” crowd after he won a 6-3 and 6-4 semi final victory against Jenson. Brooksby. After Constant Lestienne, his French counterpart, pulled out with a pectoral strain, Norrie advanced via walkover to meet Richard Gasquet in Saturday’s final.
Norrie improved his record to 6-0 in the 2023 season by beating Brooksby, who was making a debut in Auckland.
“It was a fierce battle with Jenson. It was a long rally and I know how well he competes so it was nice for us to get it done in straight set,” Norrie stated, noting that he did not win the previous two matches in straights after winning the opening set.
He said, “I’m glad that the sun came out, everyone came on Friday.” It was an amazing atmosphere, and I really enjoyed it.
Norrie converted on his sixth breakpoint of the opening set. Then he was immediately able to break down at 2-0 for the second set. The World No. 12 then wiped out two break chances at 2-3 to kick off a run that saw 11 consecutive points, including another break at love. He took control and served the match in just 38 minutes.
Norrie said that the match felt closer than the scoreline and he was full praise for Brooksby who called for him late in the second set due to a wrist problem.
Norrie stated, “He puts it in such awkward places off the court and we had to come up with some really tough shots on run and a lot more big passes.” “I was able serve it out and keep really calm and get over to the line, but he is a great player.”
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