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Old maestro: Rafael Nadal during his victory over Cameron Norrie

Old maestro: Rafael Nadal during his victory over Cameron Norrie

Old maestro: Rafael Nadal during his victory over Cameron Norrie

Cameron Norrie's run at the Barcelona Open came to an end with a quarter-final defeat by Rafael Nadal.

Norrie continued his fine 2021 by reaching the last-eight but found 11-time champion Nadal too hot to handle on the court named after him, the Spaniard winning 6-1 6-4.

Nadal has looked a little shaky on clay so far after not playing since the Australian Open and he again made more errors than he would have liked.

But ultimately he had too much on his shots for Norrie, who fought back from a break down in the second set only for Nadal to forge ahead again.

The British No.2 is continuing to climb the rankings and could be rewarded with a place in the top 50 on Monday.

"I played well at the beginning, especially in the first set. I think I did a lot of things well. Then I stopped myself a little bit. That's something that cannot happen," said Norrie.

"I need to hold the level of intensity of the first set. I was able to change directions with my forehand to have most of the points under control, then the situation was a little bit different and that's why I suffered later."

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Meanwhile, Benoit Paire has been barred from representing France in the Tokyo Olympics this summer because of his "deeply inappropriate behaviour".

The 31-year-old, who would have been in a position to qualify as the French No.4 and World No.35, has made the headlines repeatedly this year for both his conduct on court and comments off it.


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