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Norrie suffers Monte Carlo exit

 

Cameron Norrie
Cameron Norrie

By Eleanor Crooks

British No.2 Cameron Norrie was beaten 6-2 7-5 by Italian qualifier Lorenzo Sonego in their third-round match at the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters.

The 23-year-old, who is ranked 56th in the world, had progressed to the last-16 after a hard-fought victory over Hungary's Marton Fucsovics.

However, Norrie was soon on the back foot against Sonego, the World No.96, who delivered two early service breaks to take control of the opening set at 4-0.

Norrie produced a recovery in the second set, having trailed 3-1 to level at 5-5, but Sonego rallied to immediately break back before going on to close out victory with a love service game and secure a place in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, breezed into the quarter-finals.

Top seed Djokovic (31) needed just one hour and eight minutes to win 6-3 6-0 against American Taylor Fritz.

The reigning Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open champion will face a last-eight meeting with Russian 10th seed Daniil Medvedev

Second seed Nadal eased past Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in a 6-4 6-1 win on the clay.

The Spaniard has now won 23 consecutive sets at the Masters 1000 tournament.

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