Norrie's gritty comeback secures five-set triumph at Australian Open; Boulter and Draper exit in second round

Posted : 18 January 2024

In a thrilling Australian Open encounter, British tennis player Cameron Norrie, seeded 19th, showcased remarkable resilience by coming back from two sets down against Italian qualifier Guilio Zeppieri.

 

Norrie secured a hard-fought victory with a final score of 3-6, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. The 28-year-old, who has never advanced beyond the third round in Melbourne, will now face 11th seed Casper Ruud in the third round, marking his first five-set win in Melbourne.

 

Unfortunately, fellow Britons Katie Boulter and Jack Draper faced second-round exits in their respective matches. Boulter, Britain's women's number one, succumbed to a 6-3, 6-3 defeat against China's Zheng Qinwen, the 12th seed, in challenging conditions. Despite breaking serve for a 3-2 lead in the second set, Boulter struggled against Zheng's resilience, ultimately losing in a marathon ninth game.

 

British number four Draper, known as a rising star in the ATP Tour, encountered a tough challenge against American 14th seed Tommy Paul. Despite a slow start and losing serve three times in the opening set, Draper showed improvement and had opportunities in the fourth set. However, he couldn't convert two set points at 5-4, leading to Paul securing the victory and advancing to the next round.

 

Norrie's impressive comeback provided a bright spot for the British contingent, and his upcoming clash with Casper Ruud promises another exciting match in the Australian Open.

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