British No. 1 Cameron Norrie leaves the Monte Carlo Masters | Tennis News

Cameron Norrie was eliminated from the Monte Carlo Masters; The British No. 1 was beaten in three sets by Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas; Ramos-Vinolas has now beaten Norrie in all four of their encounters

Last update: 04/13/22 2:17 p.m.

Cameron Norrie lost to Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets

British No. 1 Cameron Norrie has withdrawn from the Monte-Carlo Masters after losing in three sets to Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Norrie, who received a first-round bye as the seventh seed, recovered from a set and a breakdown to force a decider as his opponent appeared to be struggling with an abdominal injury .

However, world No. 37 Ramos-Vinolas fought back to win 6-4 2-6 6-4 in two hours and 32 minutes, the eighth victory of his career against a player ranked in the world top 10.

Ramos-Vinolas has now won all four of his matches on clay against Norrie, whose only victory against the Spaniard came on grass at Queen’s last year.

Norrie saved a break point in the opener of the match using two aces but was broken in the seventh game and was unable to convert his only break point of the set as Ramos -Vinolas served it.

Norrie lost last month to Casper Ruud at the Miami Open (Photos: Amazon Prime Video)

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Norrie lost last month to Casper Ruud at the Miami Open (Photos: Amazon Prime Video)

Norrie lost last month to Casper Ruud at the Miami Open (Photos: Amazon Prime Video)

Ramos-Vinolas then broke in the opener of the second set and held serve to lead 2-0, only for Norrie to land the next six games in a row, including three service breaks, to set up a decision maker.

After taking painkiller for his injury, Ramos-Vinolas returned to his best form in the final set and a break of serve was enough to secure a rollercoaster victory.

“We always have good games and he’s in the top 10, so for me today is a great win,” Ramos-Vinolas said in an on-court interview.

“I started well and had a 2-0 lead in the second set, but tennis is like that. I lost seven (matches) in a row but I’m starting to play well and I’m happy to ‘to be in the next round.’

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