British No 1 Cameron Norrie crashes out of Australian Open after disastrous first-round defeat by young American Sebastian Korda 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 as his search for a win in 2022 goes on
- Cameron Norries suffered a chastening first round exit at the Australian Open
- The British No 1 had enjoyed a remarkable 2021, climbing to up the ATP rankings
- However, he is yet to win in the new year and was well beaten by Sebastian Korda
Cameron Norrie’s winless start to the season continued with a dispiriting loss to Sebastian Korda in the first round of the Australian Open.
The young American is one of the game’s up-and-coming stars and this was a very tricky draw for the British number one but a 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 scoreline will surely be alarming for Norrie, the 12th seed.
Both men have recently tested positive for Covid-19 – Norrie in December and Korda on arrival in Australia.
Cameron Norrie has crashed out of the Australia Open after being beaten by Sebastian Korda
But the American, son of former Melbourne champion Petr, was sharp from the start while Norrie found himself facing an uphill battle immediately and never recovered.
The 26-year-old had a phenomenal 2021, unexpectedly climbing to the verge of the top 10 and winning one of the biggest titles on the ATP Tour in Indian Wells.
His success has been based on a relentless physical and mental approach, but there were signs during the Davis Cup Finals at the end of November that his efforts had taken a toll and there has been precious little time to recover.
The 26-year-old had a phenomenal 2021, but his defeat in Melbourne is cause for some alarm
He lost three matches to high-quality opponents at the ATP Cup to start the season and was unable to trouble Korda on the new Kia Arena at Melbourne Park.
The 21-year-old is one of the new generation of players of 6ft 5in and above who move exceptionally well and he pressed on the Norrie serve straight away, securing an immediate break.
There were a few more encouraging signs for Norrie towards the end of the first set, but he dropped serve again to start the second and Korda swept through nine games in a row.
Norrie, who reached the third round here 12 months ago, at least made a fight of things thereafter but this was a match to quickly forget.
Korda, the son of former Melbourne champion Petr, was sharp from the start in Melbourne