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French Open: Cameron Norrie loses in Roland Garros first round

Written by on May 28, 2024

The 32nd seed was broken early in the first set and at one stage trailed 4-1 but won five consecutive games to take a 1-0 lead.

In the second set he had two break points saved in the opening game before losing his serve at 5-3 as Kotov rallied.

The pair traded breaks at the start of the third, with 25-year-old Kotov losing his serve late in the set before Norrie held to love to take a 2-1 lead.

Norrie was then broken early in the fourth and at one point trailed 4-1, before recovering to 5-4 down and saving a set point.

In the tie-break he came back from 5-2 down to level but then hit two errors to take the match to a decider.

In the fifth set Norrie was broken in his first two service games as Kotov cruised into the second round for the first time.

“For the first four sets I was in control,” Norrie added. “I had so many chances and he played better than me in the tie-break and deserved to win the fifth.”

Stan Wawrinka, champion in 2015, awaits Kotov next after the Swiss 39-year-old defeated Andy Murray in straight sets on day one.

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