Karen Khachanov fights Cameron Norrie in Toronto | ATP circuit
Karen Khachanov maintained her high level on Tuesday by beating fit Briton Cameron Norrie 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to reach the second round of the National Bank Open presented by Rogers.
The previous encounter between Khachanov and Norrie was a whole different story, with the Briton winning 6-1 6-1 at Lyon earlier this year.
Norrie recently won his first ATP Tour title at the Mifel Open in Los Cabos, and the loss is only his second loss in the first round of 18 tournaments he has played in 2021.
Khachanov immediately took control of the game, rushing to a double lead in the first set. Norrie’s level rose towards the end of the set, putting pressure on Khachanov, but he ultimately couldn’t stop Khachanov from taking a set advantage.
The second set was a tense affair, with no player able to break serve until the last game, with Norrie winning 7-5 on her fourth break point of the set.
In the decisive set, it was world number 28 Khachanov who kept his cool, advancing to the second round where he will face his Russian compatriot Aslan Karatsev. Khachanov and Karatsev both won medals in Tokyo, with Karatsev taking silver in the mixed doubles.