Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans joined Andy Murray and Jack Draper in the US Open third round with stunning wins on Thursday to write more history for British tennis.
Of the foursome, Britain’s No.1 Norrie entered the tournament as banker given his incredible consistency and top-eight seed, and he did not disappoint.
After keeping a cool head against Benoit Paire’s wavering attention span in the first round, Norrie proved too strong for Portugal’s Sousa in a more conventional contest, winning 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7-4).
“It’s great, we all feed each other and it’s good because we have a great team that leads to the Davis Cup and we’re all in good shape, we’re all playing well and enjoying our tennis,” said said Norrie. First video.
“It’s really good for us to show that all the hard work and hard work the LTA is doing and there’s a lot more guys right behind us as well.”
Four Britons in the round of 16 of a Grand Slam
US Open 2022: Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Andy Murray and Jack Draper
1997 Wimbledon: Tim Henman, Mark Petchey, Andrew Richardson and Greg Rusedski
The only moment of concern came late in the third set, when Norrie was forced to save a set point at 5-6, but he kept his nose ahead in the tie-break to move around safely.
Victory means the seventh seed, who will next face 19-year-old Dane Holger Runehas already matched his best performance in New York with hopefully much more to come.
“Holger is very competitive and he’s part of the next generation,” added Norrie. “I actually faced him fairly recently in Cincinnati and we still have a battle, so it’s going to be tough and definitely needs to improve.”
Norrie vs Sousa: Match Stats
|74%||1st serve winning percentage||76%|
|58%||2nd serve winning percentage||53%|
|3/8||Break points earned||1/7|
|105||Total points earned||96|
Evans continued his stellar record at the US Open by beating James Duckworth to reach the third round for the fifth time.
Evans, the British No. 2 has only failed once in the last 32 when he was in the main draw and progressed to the fourth round 12 months ago.
Having lost just six matches to Jiri Vesely in the first round, Evans looked set for another comfortable afternoon against Australia’s Duckworth when he took a two-set lead.
But Duckworth, ranked 83rd, took his first break point of the match in the ninth game of the third set, then had an early break in the fourth before Evans fought back to clinch a 6-3 6-2 4- 6 6-4. victory.
The 20th seed couldn’t hide his joy at the end, spreading his arms wide and running towards the net after taking his first match point with a backhand pass on the line.
Duckworth vs. Evans: Match Stats
|65%||1st serve winning percentage||79%|
|45%||2nd serve winning percentage||63%|
|2/2||Break points earned||06/17|
|108||Total points earned||133|
Evans will now face the former champion Marin Cilic for a place in the last 16 after the Croatian made light work of Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, winning 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to advance.
Evans said: “It was getting tough. I was in control and then I thought he played really well to come back.
“I was just happy to leave, really. It was good to win this match to advance to the third round. It’s a game I’m supposed to win on paper. It was my goal to get where I needed to go in the starting points, do my job, and then go from there.”
Evans had plenty of support, including from Tim Henman, who was watching the court.
The pair have very similar playing styles, and Evans said: “I talk to him quite often. It is obviously a reassuring figure to have next to the field. He’s probably about to get me a coaching fine pretty quickly.”
Another historic moment will come after the tournament when Draper will join Norrie, Evans and Murray in making it the first time since the rankings were made official in 1973 that there have been four British men in the top 50.
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