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Norrie cruises into Rio Open quarter-finals with commanding victory

Posted : 23 February 2024

British number one Cameron Norrie displayed a dominant performance, defeating Tomas Barrios Vera 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Rio Open. The defending champion showcased his prowess on the clay court, breaking the Chilean's serve six times during the one-sided encounter.


Norrie, currently ranked 23rd in the ATP world rankings, expressed satisfaction with his precise and disciplined play, hitting 21 winners in just over an hour. His next challenge in the quarter-finals will be Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild.


Meanwhile, in Doha, Czech teenager Jakub Mensik, who previously caused a stir by defeating Andy Murray, continued his impressive run by upsetting world number five Andrey Rublev 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) in the Qatar Open quarter-finals.


The 18-year-old delivered a remarkable performance, hitting 10 aces and securing his first victory against a top-five player. Mensik is set to face 37-year-old Frenchman Gael Monfils in the semi-finals, who defeated compatriot Ugo Humbert 6-2, 6-4.


Reflecting on his achievements, Mensik expressed the incredible feeling of reaching the semi-finals after defeating formidable opponents, emphasizing that his job is not done yet and aiming to maintain his stellar play in the upcoming matches.


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