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Miami Open: Norrie Defeats Draper To Seal Third Round Spot

British tennis player Cameron Norrie has advanced to the third round of the Miami Open after defeating compatriot Jack Draper on Friday.

Norrie, who is British number one, had to put up a fight to overcome world number 146 Draper 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.

The third round draw will see Norrie play either John Isner or Hugo Gaston next in his quest to reach the fourth round for the first time.

“I had a little bit of nerves – I was a big favourite against a young Brit. I’m excited to see how he’s going to do in the future,” Norrie told Amazon Prime.

This was the second meeting between the two, with Norrie coming out on top in straight sets in their first meeting at Queens in July.

Despite the loss, Draper, who had issues with heat exhaustion at last year’s Miami Open, already has three titles to his name on the Challenger tour this season and was victorious against veteran Gilles Simon in the first-round.

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BBC Sports reports that the 20-year-old fought back from a breakdown in the opening set before Norrie upped his aggression at the net to take it on a tie-break.

Norrie’s experience showed in the second as he staved off three break points in his opening service game before breaking Draper at the first chance.

Draper was given a warning for ball abuse after being broken but continued to pressure Norrie’s serve, forcing his opponent to save another four break points in the next game.

However, Norrie was able to close our victory to move closer to breaking into the top 10.

The Brit falls below Miami Open’s defending champion, Italy’s Jannik Sinner and Indian Wells winner Taylor Fritz.

“It’s not easy against Jack. He’s such a big talent and hits the ball big on both sides,” Norrie added.

“The court surprised me a little bit as it was very slow out there. I managed to play the bigger points a little bit better than he did and that was the difference in the end.”

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British tennis player Cameron Norrie has advanced to the third round of the Miami Open after defeating compatriot Jack Draper on Friday.

Norrie, who is British number one, had to put up a fight to overcome world number 146 Draper 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.

The third round draw will see Norrie play either John Isner or Hugo Gaston next in his quest to reach the fourth round for the first time.

“I had a little bit of nerves – I was a big favourite against a young Brit. I’m excited to see how he’s going to do in the future,” Norrie told Amazon Prime.

This was the second meeting between the two, with Norrie coming out on top in straight sets in their first meeting at Queens in July.

Despite the loss, Draper, who had issues with heat exhaustion at last year’s Miami Open, already has three titles to his name on the Challenger tour this season and was victorious against veteran Gilles Simon in the first-round.

READ MORE: Jorginho Rues Missed Penalties As Italy Fails To Qualify  

BBC Sports reports that the 20-year-old fought back from a breakdown in the opening set before Norrie upped his aggression at the net to take it on a tie-break.

Norrie’s experience showed in the second as he staved off three break points in his opening service game before breaking Draper at the first chance.

Draper was given a warning for ball abuse after being broken but continued to pressure Norrie’s serve, forcing his opponent to save another four break points in the next game.

However, Norrie was able to close our victory to move closer to breaking into the top 10.

The Brit falls below Miami Open’s defending champion, Italy’s Jannik Sinner and Indian Wells winner Taylor Fritz.

“It’s not easy against Jack. He’s such a big talent and hits the ball big on both sides,” Norrie added.

“The court surprised me a little bit as it was very slow out there. I managed to play the bigger points a little bit better than he did and that was the difference in the end.”

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