Cameron Norrie edged out fellow Brit Andy Murray 3-6 6-3 6-4 at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
The Davis Cup team-mates had only faced each other once before on Tour back in 2019 and went toe-to-toe for the majority of the match, before Murray suffered with cramp in his quad late in the third set.
After being broken at 4-4 in the final set, Murray received treatment from the physio at the changeover. He put Norrie under significant pressure in the next game, but the British No 1 held firm to hold on and clinch victory.
Following the match, Murray continued to suffer significant pain in his quad and needed further treatment to just try and walk off the court. Norrie will take on either the American wildcard Ben Shelton or fifth seed Casper Ruud in the next round.
Norrie will return to the court later on Wednesday for a doubles match alongside his Australian partner Alex de Minaur. The duo take on Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies.
“I think there really wasn’t much in it,” Norrie said after to Amazon Prime.
“It just came down to a little bit of physicality and it didn’t really help him [Murray] that his match with Stan [Wawrinka] went really, really long. He was struggling a little bit towards the end and I just tried to put a lot of balls in the court in the end.
“For me, I’m still battling with the conditions a little bit, trying to get used to them. I’m trying to find rhythm on my serve, I’ve got a doubles match later to try and work on that. I really just got through with my attitude, I just tried to stay as positive as I could.”
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