Cameron Norrie admitted he probably started thinking too much about the finish line when he went up by a set and a break versus Carlos Alcaraz, but was glad that he was able to get his first win versus the fourth-ranked Spaniard.
In the Cincinnati Masters quarterfinal, Norrie defeated Alcaraz 7-6 (4) 6-7 (4) 6-4. "That was unbelievable," Norrie said after the win, per the ATP website. "Credit to Carlos. I was up a set and a break, 4-1, and I kind of lost a little bit of vision.
I was thinking a little bit too much about the finish line rather than focusing on how I was winning points and I honestly got a little bit tight and he raised his level, didn't give me anything."
Norrie on getting his first win versus Alcaraz
Prior to the match, Norrie was 0-3 versus Alcaraz.
On Friday night in Cincinnati, Norrie earned his first victory over Alcaraz, who is expected to win multiple Grand Slams and reach the top spot. "Maybe it was one of my best wins," Norrie admitted. "Obviously where Carlos is in his career and what he's doing this year, it's incredible.
To get a win over him feels really good. Nice to get him once. I feel like I need to get him when he's young. He's gonna keep raising his level." After recovering from a break down to win the second set, Alcaraz had a 3-1 lead in the third set.
Just when it seemed Alcaraz would clinch a big comeback win, Norrie responded with breaks in the fifth and ninth games to overturn the deficit and earn a three-set win. "I just wanted to hang tough with him and I think the only place I had him better was the legs and the physicality," Norrie added.
"So I was just trying to make every rally as physical as I could and make it tough for him to finish points."