Paris Masters: Cameron Norrie seals opening win in Bercy with Dan Evans and Andy Murray still to play | Tennis News


British No 1 Cameron Norrie records his 100th tour-level win, 49 of which have come this year; Dan Evans and Andy Murray are also in action on a busy Monday at the Paris Masters

Last Updated: 01/11/21 3:56pm

Cameron Norrie kept his hopes of qualifying for the ATP Finals alive with a convincing opening win in Paris on Monday (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)

Cameron Norrie kept his hopes of qualifying for the ATP Finals alive with a convincing opening win in Paris on Monday (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)

Cameron Norrie boosted his chances of qualifying for the season-ending ATP Finals with a dominant victory over Federico Delbonis in the first round of the Paris Masters.

Norrie suffered a painful loss to Felix Auger-Aliassime in Vienna last week having held match points, but began strongly in the French capital, winning nine games in a row in a convincing 6-2 6-1 victory over Argentinian Delbonis.

The British No 1 sits 11th in the race to qualify for the eight-man season-ending tournament in Turin and needs to make up 140 points on Italian Jannik Sinner.

He will need to make the quarter-finals in Paris at the very least this week before a strong showing in Stockholm next week.

“I know the score looked fairly comfortable but there were a lot of tough games in there. I felt I played a pretty complete match and really enjoyed my tennis again. It was far from easy but I was happy with my performance,” the 26-year-old told Prime Video.

“It’s pretty cool just to be in the race for that and to be playing these matches with a little added pressure and a little added motivation,” said Norrie, who hit another career-high ranking of 13th on Monday.

“You’re kind of watching what everyone else is doing. I think it’s pretty interesting, and it’s exactly where I want to be – and the matches I want to be playing.”

He will face either American Reilly Opelka or Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic in the second round.

Dan Evans takes on Alexander Bublik, while former world No 1 Andy Murray faces lucky loser Dominik Koepfer after young American Jenson Brooksby withdrew.

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