Novak Djokovic was tough against Cameron Norrie at the end of the group stage at the 2021 ATP Finals in Turin. The Serbian won the third match of the tournament and did not lose a set.
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Novak Djokovic and Cameron Norrie met for the first time. They faced the end of the group stage of the Champions League in Turin. This match had no bearing on the final decisions at this point in the event. The Serb was sure of the promotion, and Nouri had no chance of that. The Briton entered the match as a substitute to replace the injured Stefanos Tsitsipas. The leader of the ranking crushed him 6:2, 6:1 and finished the group stage without losing a group.
In the first match of the match, Djokovic settled for a 29-stroke deal and made a breakthrough. The Serbian played very freely and had complete control of the match.
He propagated his opponent around corners with deep balls, put in a very good performance and came back. Nuri did not find effective answers to the exact moves of the leader of the arrangement. The Briton tried to speed up the match, but it often ended in mistakes. One of his mistakes cost him a pass in the fifth game. Djokovic did not hesitate even for the slightest moment. The result of the first set was at a 6:2 ace.
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In the second match, Nouri lost his serve again in the first match. At the breaking point, his slide did not come out. The Briton was able to take the initiative, but there was hesitation and had problems closing the procedure. After a while, he got the only breaking point in the match, but was saved by Djokovic.
The Serbian kept the ball in the court, and Nouri made more and more mistakes not only in long exchanges but also in short exchanges. In the fifth inning, the Briton re-applied again. He came to terms with his fate, didn’t get into the fight anymore and the points escaped very quickly. At 6-2, 5-1, Djokovic used the match three ball with some shot.
In the 66th minute, Djokovic scored 21 final kicks with 16 unforced errors. Nouri scored nine outright victories and 24 fatal errors. The Serb saved one break point and took advantage of five of the 10 breakout opportunities on his own. He scored 21 out of 26 points on his first pass.
Nouri participated in the Champions Tournament for the first time. He appeared in it as the fourth Briton. Before him, he was Andy Murray (2008-2012 and 2014-2016), Tim Henman (1997-1998 and 2004) and Greg Rusedsky (1997-1998).
Djokovic is still in the match for his sixth win in the event (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). And he will face the Serbian, on Saturday, in the semi-finals, Alexander Zverev (starts at 21:00).
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Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 1) vs Cameron Nouri (Great Britain, 10/substitute) 6-2, 6-1
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