Cameron Norrie reaches ASB Classic quarter-finals with victory over Joao Sousa as Dan Evans’ bid to make the Australian Open begins with a win
- Cameron Norrie beat Joao Sousa to reach the quarter-finals of the ASB Classic
- The 23-year-old battled past his opponent 7-6 (5), 6-4 in an hour and 35 minutes
- Dan Evans defeated Rogerio Dutra Da Silva in Australian Open qualifying
- Fellow Brit Jay Clarke had less success, falling 6-2 6-3 to Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego
Britain’s Cameron Norrie secured his spot in the quarter-finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland with a straight-sets win over Joao Sousa.
The 23-year-old saved all six break points faced to battle past his Portuguese opponent 7-6 (5), 6-4 in an hour and 35 minutes.
A closely-fought first set saw Norrie edge ahead in the tiebreak, before he went on to convert his first and only break point of the match in the third game of the second set.
Cameron Norrie has secured his spot in the quarter-finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland
The 23-year-old British player battled past Joao Sousa 7-6 (5), 6-4 in an hour and 35 minutes
The single break of serve was enough for the British wild card to claim the victory and set up a meeting with American Taylor Fritz in the last eight.
Fritz, ranked 50 in the world, had earlier dismissed top seed John Isner 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5).
Elsewhere, Dan Evans defeated Brazil’s Rogerio Dutra Da Silva in the first round of the Australian Open qualifying.
The 28-year-old needed just under an hour to dismiss his opponent 6-2, 6-3 and set up a meeting with Jurij Rodionov in the second qualifying round.
Dan Evans defeated Rogerio Dutra Da Silva in the first round of the Australian Open qualifying
Fellow Briton Jay Clarke was beaten 6-2, 6-3 by Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego in the opening round
Evans, currently ranked 190 in the world, broke twice in the first set and once in the second to wrap up the victory.
Fellow Briton Jay Clarke had less success, falling 6-2, 6-3 to Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego in the opening round of qualifying.
The 20-year-old, ranked 237 in the world, lost his serve twice as his opponent wrapped up the first set in just over half an hour.
Clarke looked to be fighting back in the second, breaking Sonego in the opening game, but could not hold on to the lead and was immediately broken back.