Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans joined Andy Murray and Jack Draper in the third round of the US Open with a stunning win on Thursday to make more history for British tennis.
Out of the quartet, England No 1 Norrie entered the tournament as a banker with amazing consistency and seeded eight, and he did not disappoint.
After keeping a cool head at Benoit Paire’s wavering attention 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 was great, we all got along well and that was good because we had a great team leading up to the Davis Cup and we were all in shape, all playing well and enjoying the tennis. ours,” said Norrie Main video.
“It’s been really cool for us to show that all the hard work and all the work that the LTA is doing and that there are so many other boys behind us.”
Four British men in the last 32 Grand Slams
US Open 2022: Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Andy Murray and Jack Draper
Wimbledon 1997: Tim Henman, Mark Petchey, Andrew Richardson and Greg Rusedski
The only worrying moment came late in the third set, when Norrie was forced to save a set point at 5-6, but he still managed to take the lead in the tie-break to get through safely.
Victory means the number seven seed, next has to face Dane, 19 years old Holger Runematched his best performance in New York and hopefully more will come.
“Holger is very competitive and he is the next generation,” added Norrie. “I’ve actually played him pretty well recently in Cincinnati and we always have a battle so it’s going to be tough and definitely has to improve.”
Norrie vs Sousa: Match Statistics
|74%||Service win rate 1||76%|
|58%||Second serve win rate||53%|
|3/8||Break points won||1/7|
|24||Total number of winners||27|
|41||Error is not required||51|
|105||Total points won||96|
Evans continued his excellent performance at the US Open when he defeated James Duckworth to reach the third round for the 5th time.
Evans, the British No. 2 has only failed once in the last 32 when he was arrested and advanced to the 4th round 12 months ago.
Having lost only six games to Jiri Vesely in the first round, Evans looked set to have another comfortable afternoon against Australian Duckworth as he took a two-set lead.
But Duckworth, ranked 83rd, took the first break of the match in the ninth game of the third set and then had an early break in the fourth inning before Evans fought back to win 6-3 6-2. 4-6 6-4. win.
The 20th seed couldn’t hide his joy at the end of the game, spreading his arms wide after scoring the first point with a backhand pass that went close to the line.
Duckworth vs Evans: Match Statistics
|65%||Service win rate 1||79%|
|45%||Second serve win rate||63%|
|2/2||Break points won||6/17|
|44||Total number of winners||33|
|58||Error is not required||40|
|108||Total points won||133|
Evans will now be the former champion Marin Cilic claimed a place in the round of 16 after the Croatian took on the light work of Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, winning 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to Go on.
Evans said: “Things were getting difficult. I was in control and then I think he played really well to come back.
“I’m really happy to be on the pitch. It’s great to win that game to get to the third round. It’s a game I’m supposed to win. My goal is to get where I need to go at the points. sow the seed, do my work, and then go from there.”
Evans got a lot of support, including Tim Henman, who was watching the flirting.
The pair have very similar playing styles, and Evans said: “I speak to him quite often. He is clearly a character to be reassured when on the side of the field.
Another historic moment will come after the tournament when Draper will join Norrie, Evans and Murray for the first time since the formalization of the rankings in 1973, featuring four British men in the top 50.