Former world No. 1 Andy Murray admits he couldn't continue at the slow and medium pace against Cameron Norrie as he had to change some things towards the end of their China Open round-of-16 match. Murray, 32, edged rising British star Norrie 7-6 (6) 6-7 (4) 6-1 in two hours and 51 minutes of action to progress into the Beijing quarterfinal.
Murray could have finished the job earlier but Norrie kept his focus to win the second set tie-break despite missing out on some big changes earlier in the set. However, losing a tight second set didn't affect the three-time Grand Slam champion, who cruised past the third set to continue his Beijing campaign.
"I tried to shorten the points a lot at the end of the second set and in the third set, was trying to play more aggressive, coming to the net a lot more and just trying to finish the points quickly because when we were playing the long rallies, he was getting the better of them and making me run a lot," Murray said post-match, per Metro UK.
"I was getting tired so I had to change the way the match was going and managed to shorten enough points at the end." Murray and 24-year-old Norrie clashed against each other for the first time at the ATP level.
"Me and Cam practiced three or four times together before we came to Asia back home. He was getting the better of me in all the practices as well," Murray revealed. "Also, you know, I was a bit nervous before the match and I think maybe in the first set both of us were quite nervous and then in the second set we were going for the shots a little bit more. It’s always tricky playing someone you know quite well from the same country."