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Estoril Open: Cameron Norrie beaten by Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the final |  Tennis News


The British player was trying to win his first ATP singles title and lost after a grueling two hours and 44 minutes; Elsewhere, Nikoloz Basilashvili won his second title of the season at the BMW Open in Munich

Last updated: 02/05/21 19:44 pm

Britain’s No.2 fell at the last hurdle and has yet to win an ATP singles title

Briton Cameron Norrie suffered a heartbreaking loss to seventh seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Estoril Open final.

Norrie was looking to win his first ATP title and continue a brilliant season claiming silverware, but was edged 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-3) by Spaniard Ramos-Vinolas after two hours and 44 minutes.

The 25-year-old, whose previous final was in his hometown of Auckland in 2019, had faced second seed Cristian Garin and former US Open champion Marin Cilic in both matches previous ones.

He now finds himself facing a clay specialist in Ramos-Vinolas, who had won two previous surface titles.

The Spaniard responded well to Norrie’s early break in service and put pressure on the Britain number two.

But, as he has done so impressively all season, Norrie remained calm, weathered the storm and seized his moment to win the first set.

Ramos-Vinolas took a time out for apparent groin injury, after losing his serve to go 2-1 in the second set, but Norrie was unable to convert a 40-0 lead in the next game and was forced to call off as his opponent leveled the game.

Estoril Open: Cameron Norrie beaten by Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the final |  Tennis News

Cameron Norrie had beaten second seed Cristian Garin and former US Open champion Marin Cilic in his two previous matches.

It was Norrie’s turn to call the coach, after a three-game break from the decider, and after taking pain medication for a left foot problem, he immediately returned to level.

Both men seemed to be feeling the physical effects of a grueling battle, but it was Ramos-Vinolas who emerged victorious, coming back from 3-1 to win the tie-break.

Meanwhile, Nikoloz Basilashvili won his second title of the season at the BMW Open in Munich without losing a set.

The Georgian, who had been in appalling form before winning the title in Doha in March, beat Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4 7-6 (7-5).

On day one of play at the Madrid Open, 11th seed Denis Shapovalov was a confident 6-1 6-3 winner over Dusan Lajovic, while there were also wins for Tommy Paul, Alexander Bublik and Alex De Minaur.

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