Currently, Auger-Aliassime leads Norrie 4-1 in their previous meetings. According to the ATP website, Norrie remarked after the victory, “Especially winning last year, you want to come out and win the title, but [I’ve] just taken it one match at a time.”
“It was a difficult assignment at the start of the tournament, but I made it through a few bouts. I was extremely happy with how I handled things today, especially after dropping that second set, especially since I was playing Felix.
Norrie on his desire to start well against Auger-Aliassime
I definitely wanted to win that one more than normal because every time he simply grabs me and plays better than me, said Norrie. I felt extremely happy to win that set, especially with the last game when he had two chances to break me. I started out strong, but Felix raised his game in the second set.
I was able to endure that by hanging on tightly. In the sixth game of the match, Norrie secured the first break of the match. He subsequently held on to his serve for the remainder of the set to win the opening set. In the second game of the second set, Auger-Aliassime, who had lost the first set, recorded his first break of the match.
However, Norrie made a comeback in the third game, cutting Auger-lead Aliassime’s short. Although Auger-Aliassime lost the early break, it had no effect on him as he broke Norrie once more in the eighth game and served out the second set the following game.
After dropping the second set, Norrie won the third set’s lone break in the fourth game to complete a three-set triumph.