Cameron Norrie’s Queen’s doubles triumph finds second string in loss to Pospisil

Cameron Norrie has learned the hard way that a Queen’s doubles trophy does not always equate to tennis success. Norrie, 22, and partner Dominic Inglot won the prestigious doubles event for the fifth time in succession as they romped to a straight-sets win over Brazilians Andre Sa and Andre Sa.

But even with the medal around his neck, Norrie, ranked No 108 in the world, admitted he may have let his emotions get the better of him.

Norrie reached the second round of the singles and even beaten Mikhail Youzhny, ranked 37th, was impressed with his performance, which was as much about his serve and hustle on court as his power. He recorded a crucial break in the third set to regain the upper hand against the Russian but dropped the final set 6-2, to bring an end to an impressive first week of the ATP Finals.

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“I thought it was a pretty good performance,” Norrie said. “There is a couple of things I could have done a little bit better but that’s tennis. If you are going to have a couple of bad moments, the important thing is to recover.”

Norrie conceded he thought about his point tally even more than usual on Sunday.

“It was a good week – just a couple of bad points,” he said. “But it would have been a double-bagel today if it weren’t for my love-40 lead in the first game against Pospisil. If I’d have lost that, I would have had to play the whole match from behind.”

From behind, Norrie recovered from a set down to beat Pospisil. He said: “I was able to play at a really high level and keep it up throughout that last set.”

Norrie next plays Dustin Brown, with the Indian Aravane Rezai awaiting the winner in round three. He said: “Brown is an extremely good player, so I’m going to need to play at my best.”

Pospisil announced the pair had reached the semi-finals. He said: “I played very good tennis. I made a lot of balls and made it hard for him. Overall he got a little bit tight, but he was positive and pumped me up the whole time. I was doing all the running and stuff, so that was cool. But he earned it and that’s what you want to do. It’s not easy out there.”

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