A last crossed reverse that Holger Rune will not seek and Cameron Norrie slips into the round of 16 of the US Open. A well-deserved success as the Briton dominated his opponent in a match that did not turn out to live up to expectations between the two seeded players.
The fault of a Dane who was far too irregular. Constantly under pressure, Rune confirmed that he was not in his best shape this summer after a flamboyant spring. If he managed 36 winning shots in his resolutely attacking style (26 for Norrie), he was also guilty of 43 unforced errors (against 22 for Norrie), which is far too much to hope to upset a player such as Norrie who, on a good day, gives very little. With only 57% of first serves (and 8 double faults), Rune was martyred on his service games, like the very first game of the second set where he faced six break points before yielding.
Visibly affected by the loss of the first two sets, Rune sank in the last set, unable to disturb Norrie who will face Denis Shapovalov or Andrey Rublev in the round of 16.