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Norrie suffers semi-final heartache in Atlanta again

28th July 2019, 11:38 by Tom McGarry

Cameron Norrie has suffered deja vu at the Atalanta Open after losing for the second year in a row at the semi-final stage.

The British number two was beaten 1-6 6-3 3-6 by American Taylor Fritz at Atlantic Station, as he missed out on a place in a second ATP Tour final.

Second seed Fritz broke twice during the first set to take it in just 25 minutes, but Norrie battled back during the second to force a decider, but it was the Eastbourne champion who ultimately got the decisive break during the final set to make it through to Sunday's final.

The world number 32 will now face Australian Alex de Minaur in the showpiece match after he overcame Reilly Opelka 6-7 7-6 3-6 in the day's other semi-final and Fritz certainly feels he is hitting top form following on from his first ATP Tour victory at Eastbourne last month.

"To get to two finals in a month really shows that my level has gone up and that the first time wasn't a fluke," said Fritz, "I know I'm improving, so it feels really good."

For Norrie, it was semi-final heartache for the second year in a row following his defeat to Ryan Harrison 12 months ago.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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