Cameron Norrie Downs Carlos Alcaraz To Win Rio Title
February 27, 2023
Cameron Norrie showed the tennis world that Andy Murray isn’t the only Brit capable of an epic comeback.
We’ve spent the last week focusing on Murray’s extraordinary heroics in Doha.
Andy’s newfound fitness makes him a contender for Wimbledon 2023.
But Norrie is the one who has just taken another title under remarkable circumstances.
He trailed 5-7, 0-3 and 0-30 to Carlos Alcaraz – just a week after the Spaniard defeated him in the Argentina Open final.
Incredibly, Norrie hit back in Brazil to win the ATP 500 event 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.
Cameron Norrie and Sir Andy Murray turning on the style at Wimbledon 2023. Can you imagine?
And don’t forget the young sensation Alcaraz will be fascinating on grass too.
Carlos seemed to suffer from some kind of leg injury as victory in Rio slipped from his grasp.
But Cameron Norrie insisted that he didn’t even notice – such was the quality of his adversary’s tennis.
And Norrie rightly focused on the joy of claiming his fifth ATP title.
He said of his Rio Open triumph: ‘It’s so special to win this one – especially after losing a couple of finals already this year.
‘I had to do it the tough way. I was a set and a break down and 0-30 on my serve. I managed to flick a switch and turn it round – so it was a good day! ‘
It’s great to see Cameron Norrie get fresh rewards for so much hard work!
The final set was a real rollercoaster, with both men seemingly able to break serve at will.
But it was Norrie who broke when it really mattered to serve for the match. He clinched victory with an ace – and sank to his knees to savour the moment.
‘I had to battle a lot of demons in the last couple of weeks – but managed to play well in the big moments and that’s what took it today,’ he said.
Alcaraz was typically sporting and said: ‘Congratulations – you deserved it!’
Wimbledon 2023 will be the perfect place to see Cameron Norrie and the rest of the world stars do battle.
Will you be there to see all the action on Centre Court? We hope so!
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