Cameron Norrie arranges a meeting with Novak Djokovic during the Italian Open.
Cameron Norrie of the United Kingdom defeated Marton Fucsovics to advance to the final 16 of the Italian Open, where he will face world number one Novak Djokovic.
Norrie won 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), in a match that had been postponed due to rain in Rome on Saturday.
Norrie had led by a set and 5-1 before being pushed back by the Hungarian, who dug deep again to win.
Djokovic triumphed. Grigor Dimitrov won 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 despite losing a 4-2 second-set lead.
In the women’s event, world number one Iga Swiatek breezed into the final 16, but sixth seed Coco Gauff was defeated.
Thirteenth-seed Norrie looked powerful from the start against his 92nd-ranked opponent, breaking for an early 3-1 lead and building on it, breaking again in the ninth game.
As the match progressed, Fucsovics battled with his serve, and Norrie took advantage twice to move 5-1 up and within striking distance of victory.
However, the British number one began to struggle as the Hungarian launched a mini-revival, breaking Norrie twice as he served for the match and saving five match points – four on his own serve – on his way to a 5-5 tie.
Norrie retained his composure to go up 6-5, but his opponent fought back to force a tie-break.
Despite losing the first two points and falling behind 3-1, Norrie began to display the aggression that had been lacking in the second half of the set. He appeared to find another gear, going up 6-3 before prevailing on his eighth match point.
Djokovic rebounded well from his second-set battle, in which Dimitrov won four games in a row before raising his game again in the decider.
However, the Serb was scathing of the Foro Italico’s center court surface.