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Norrie proves powerless to prevent an early Paris departure

 

Raonic eventually took an opportunity in game six before then serving out the set in 32 minutes (stock photo)
Raonic eventually took an opportunity in game six before then serving out the set in 32 minutes (stock photo)

By Eleanor Crooks

New British No.2 Cameron Norrie was beaten 3-6 2-6 by Milos Raonic in the first round of the Paris Masters yesterday.

The 24-year-old had come through qualifying to make the main draw of the indoor tournament but was under pressure from the start, saving a break point in each of his opening service games.

Raonic eventually took an opportunity in game six before then serving out the set in 32 minutes.

The Canadian maintained his momentum with another break at the start of the second set before moving 3-1 ahead.

Norrie, currently ranked 57th, managed to stay in touch with Raonic after holding his next service game, but then needed some extended medical treatment for what appeared to be hip and groin problems.

The Briton was eventually able to continue, but another break from Raonic put the Canadian 5-2 ahead and in sight of victory, which was wrapped up on his next service game to love.

Raonic, the World No.32 who has overcome his own injury problems this year, will go on to play fifth seed Dominic Thiem.

Roger Federer, meanwhile, has withdrawn from this week's event in Paris in order to "pace himself", with next month's ATP Finals in London on the horizon.

The 38-year-old is playing in his 22nd season on the ATP Tour and won a record-extending 10th Swiss Indoors Championship title on Sunday.

"I am extremely disappointed to have to pull out," Federer said.

"I want to play as long as possible on the Tour. I'm sorry for my French fans who I'll see at Roland Garros in 2020."

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