Rising British star Cameron Norrie was satisfied with his performance after beating world No. 273 James Ward at the Battle of the Brits. Norrie, ranked at No. 77 in the world, saw off former world No. 89 Ward 6-3 7-5 for the third-place at the Battle of the Brits.
Norrie was supposed to clash against three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray but the former world No. 1 withdrew from the third-place match due to a shin problem. "I think I'm just returning well, serving well and if you can do those two things well then you are going to play good.
I can get into the point, be physical," Norrie said after beating Ward, per Jake Davies. Norrie, 24, made a slow start to the match as he lost his serve in the opening game of the match but he quickly recovered as he broke Ward to love in the following game.
The 24-year-old also had a break point in the fourth game but this Ward found a way to avoid getting broken. But it didn't take long for Norrie to get another break as he sealed the key break in the sixth game, before he routinely served out for the first set in the ninth game.
Norrie then had a chance to start the second set with an early break but he failed to convert a break point in the third game. After failing to convert one more break point in the ninth game, Norrie was on the verge of dropping the second set as Ward had a set point in the 10th game.
But Norrie saved the set point, before he claimed the lone break of the second set in the 11th game. Saving the set point in the 10th proved to be the key point of the match as Ward never won a game afterwards.
Cameron Norrie focused on improving
Norrie, a former world No.
41, wants to keep working on his game and getting better. The season is scheduled to resume on August 14 and Norrie wants to be ready when tennis returns. "I just want to keep working as hard as I can. It's great to get a little sense of normality in this time period to be training and playing events.
I'm trying to get better and better, and hopefully keep this level and bring it into some of the ATP events in the States," Cameron Norrie said.