AUCKLAND, New Zealand ( Associated Press) — Cameron Norrie continued his winning streak on Thursday with a 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-2 victory over American Marcos Giron in the tournament he calls home in Auckland. Quarter finals.
Born in South Africa, Norrie grew up in Auckland and was a regular at ATP tournaments before his family moved to Great Britain, where he currently competes.
The crowd was cheering her on Center Court by the time her top-eight matchup started, which was delayed two and a half hours due to rain.
He enthralled the spectators by breaking Giron’s serve in the first, fifth and seventh games to win the first set without breaking a sweat. But her first serve, which had been reliable in the first set, was a bit short in the second and early in the third.
Giron broke Norry in the first game of the second set, but Norry took the lead in the fourth. Sleeve reached a tiebreaker, in which Giron took the lead with a mini-break in the ninth point.
“This tournament is like a second home to me,” Norrie said. “I grew up here, came from Bucklands Beach Tennis Club (in a suburb of Auckland), and it’s good to be back. It is very special to play here. I was a fan of this tournament, so it’s great to play on this court.”
Giron advanced to the quarterfinals with tight victories over Argentine Federico Correa and American JJ Wolf.
Nori is the only seed that survives the competition. Norway’s Kasper Ruud (1st) lost in the second round on Wednesday.
Norrie’s next opponent will be another American, Jenson Brooksby, who beat Quentin Hallis of France 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2). In the other side of the draw, Richard Gasquet of France beat David Goffin of Belgium 1-6, 6-1, 6-1.