Results from the 2023 French Open: Cameron Norrie defeats Lucas Pouille to advance to the third round
After the Briton benefited from a double bounce in their French Open second-round encounter, Cameron Norrie concurred with Lucas Pouille that video replays should be utilized to assist umpires.
By defeating France’s Pouille 6-1 6-3 6-3, Norrie, 27, matched his best Roland Garros run and advanced to the third round.
The double bounce that enabled Norrie to break for a 3-1 lead in the third set was missed by umpire Eva Asderaki-Moore.
Everybody makes errors. The technology should be utilized, according to Norrie.
Television replays showed that the ball did indeed bounce twice, but Asderaki-Moore’s judgement remained in the lack of on-court technical support.
The question of whether the French Open should utilize an electronic line calling system like the other Grand Slams has been up for discussion for a while.
“When it happened, I was unaware that it had twice bounced. I guess it seems like it did bounce twice,” said Norrie, who will play Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti, the 17th seed, in the following round.
“I really believe that we can benefit from technology. The necessary technology is available. I’m not sure why we aren’t doing it in every way.
Given that British men’s number one Norrie was already two sets in front, it is questionable whether Pouille’s victory would have changed the outcome of the match.
It may have been a turning point, but Pouille, who survived qualifying as he works to rebuild his career after suffering with an injury, depression, and alcoholism, believes umpires need support.
Pouille, who was ranked 10th in the world in 2018, added, “You have to understand that we are not robots, like they [umpires] are not.”
“For me, the double bounce should be simple to check given the number of cameras on the court, and that’s it. In that case, there is no issue.
The lone remaining British player in the singles, Norrie, put the incident behind him to advance to the third round for the third year in a row. He is now seeking to reach the last 16 for the first time.
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Norrie still enjoys playing the pantomime villain.
Norrie claimed he enjoyed playing in “the tough moments” prior to the match versus Pouille as he got ready to play another local favorite in front of an enthused crowd.
The French fans booed him as he exited Court Suzanne Lenglen, the second show court at Roland Garros where he defeated Paire in the first round.
It would have served as a prompt for him to get going quickly in order to discourage Pouille and calm the crowd.
In the five-set victory over Benoit Paire on Monday, Norrie accomplished precisely that, which led to fewer issues and less danger.
In a 24-minute first set, Norrie defeated 675th-ranked Pouille by playing better than he did in his opening match.
He struggled to create angles and winners as frequently in the second set as Pouille did after recovering from an early break deficit.
However, Norrie reasserted his dominance to win the final three games and appeared to be headed for a successful outcome.
Then, in the third set, there was a flare that did not endear Norrie to the French crowd. As he struggled to win the match, his 5-1 advantage was diminished, and things threatened to get more problematic.
However, Norrie regained his calm and won in just one hour and 45 minutes by taking the second match point.
Norrie told the Lenglen crowd, “All credit to Lucas; I expect to see him back and enjoying his tennis.”
“I’m sad to knock out another Frenchman, but it was lovely to share a court with him. It was a hard fight, and there was a terrific atmosphere. I’m hoping you’ll help me out in the next round.