Tennis | ATP Vienna 2021 | Murray determined to break through tournament after Alcaraz exit, Norrie’s ATP Finals hope for setback

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  • Carlos Alcaraz defeats Andy Murray [WC] 6-3 6-4
  • Felix Auger Aliassime [6] beats Cameron Norrie 2-6 7-6 (6) 6-4
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Andy Murray is determined to make a breakthrough in the tournament at some point after his second-round exit against Carlos Alcaraz in Vienna while Cameron Norrie’s ATP Finals hopes suffered a setback.
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Carlos Alcaraz defeats Andy Murray [WC] 6-3 6-4

Andy Murray once again failed to win consecutive matches in a tournament after a straight set loss to Carlos alcaraz in Vienna. The Spaniard took revenge for the loss in California to the Briton as he sealed an early break in the opener. The first six games lasted 40 minutes with many grueling rallies and Murray having to withstand Alcaraz’s fierce shot.

Eventually Murray found success on the return and gave in on his sixth attempt in Game 4 to tie the set at 2-2. However, Murray’s aggressive shot was inconsistent and was not at the level that Alcaraz was producing with the Spaniard retreating in the next game. Another break at the end of the set ensured Alcaraz’s first set dominance as he won the first set in 65 minutes.

There was encouragement for Murray in Game 2 as more aggressive play patterns and higher angles gave him a break advantage in Game 3. The three-time Grand Slam champion’s serve was also much cleaner and more precise as he took a 4-2 lead.

However, the difference between the two players was consistency and when it mattered most Alcaraz produced the big, powerful shots to expose Murray’s constant lack of power. Four games in a row for the Spaniard have seen him surpass Murray to set up the last eight meetings with Matteo Berrettini.

After the game, despite the disappointment, Murray remained optimistic about his tournament breakthrough, “I’m not going to go on losing in the second and third rounds of tournaments,” Murray told ATPTour.com.

“I’m going to get better and I’m going to get better and I’m going to break through in a week, or two weeks, or a few months. It will happen. Obviously I would like this to happen faster than it is. But he played extremely well and he’s a top young player and if you make unforced single digits mistakes playing that way and with the power he has it will be difficult… If I continue on this lane and build a little bit more consistency, be it a little more clinical and a little more ruthless, I’m going to start gaining more and having deep runs, but it’s tough.

“The draws were difficult, I played in difficult tournaments. The print has been stacked here [in Vienna]. There were no easy games here. It will happen sooner rather than later, I think.

Murray will now play the Masters 1000 in Paris next week before ending his season in Stockholm.

Felix Auger Aliassime [6] beats Cameron Norrie 2-6 7-6 (6) 6-4

It was also a disappointment for another Briton because Cameron Norrie lost in three sets to Felix Auger Aliassime. In a crucial match for qualifying for the ATP Finals, it was Norrie who produced the best tennis in the first set as a mix of pace, angles and depth caught the Canadian off guard. Two service breaks were enough as he comfortably took the first set in 30 minutes.

In the second set, Auger-Aliassime dismissed a first barrage of pressure from Norrie to maintain serve, which allowed him to produce more aggressive tennis. Towards the end of the second set, it was Norrie who had to produce big tennis at crucial moments to force a second set tie-break. Norrie dominated the proceedings until it got tight with three match points at 6-3. It was the opening Auger-Aliassime needed as he won five straight points with powerful winners to force a deciding set.

From there it was all about the Canadiens, as a love break in Game 5 was all that separated the two as the world No.12 now qualified for the final eight. As for Norrie, this now makes his job harder in Paris next week as he needs to do better Hubert Hurkacz and Sinner jannikto qualify for the ATP Finals.

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