British No 2 Cameron Norrie beats Jordan Thompson at US Open
Cameron Norrie’s growing reputation as a player to watch was further enhanced when he made it through to the second round of the US Open alongside Andy Murray.
The British No 2 wore down Australia’s Jordan Thompson 7-5 4-6 6-4 6-3 in three hours and 19 minutes in steaming humidity to get past the first round for the second year running.
Norrie looked in control apart from a spell late in the second set when he dropped four consecutive games from 4-3 up.
Cameron Norrie performed well to win his first round match against Jordan Thompson
Thompson is ranked 108 in the world whilst Norrie is ranked 64 and was expected to progress
He now plays Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
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After graduating from American university last year Norrie has moved up to 66 in the rankings, a rise of 48 places already this season.
He also made the second round of the French Open this year but is awaiting his first success at Wimbledon.
The British 23-year-old produced more aces than his opponent and dominated rallies
Norrie will now play against Serbia's Dusan Lajovic for a place in the third round
Since the grass court season he has reached two hard court semi-finals on the ATP Tour and will fancy his chances to go further this fortnight against world No 62 Lajovic.
Norrie fared better than British No 1 Kyle Edmund who struggled with cramp in the heat, going down in four sets to veteran Italian Paolo Lorenzi.