Rafael Nadal overcomes discomfort to defeat dogged Cameron Norrie

  • No 2 seed wins 7-5, 6-2, 7-5 on day six at Melbourne Park
  • British player takes positives as Nadal praises his potential

Cameron Norrie, the last British singles player standing at the Australian Open this year, was unable to pull off the improbable achievement of beating Rafael Nadal across the best of five sets in his first ever official meeting with a member of the ‘big three’.

In a scrappy match played out in the renewed silence of crowdless tennis, Norrie offered ample resistance in their two hours 14 minutes on Rod Laver Arena but Nadal was able to survive in straight sets 7-5, 6-2, 7-5.

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