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Carlos Alcaraz Loses To Cameron Norrie In Rio Final
By Thurston Soros, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Saturday, March 4, 2023 10:33am PST USA
Carlos Alcaraz Loses To Cameron Norrie In Rio Final Rio de Janerio-- Sunday in the final of the Rio Open presented by Claro, the top seeded Carlos Alcaraz of Spain fell to the second seeded Cameron Norrie of Great Britain 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.

In the semifinals a day earlier, the19 year old Alcaraz struggled against the 27 year old 139 ranked 6 feet 6 inches tall qualifier Nicolas Jarry of Chile before winning 6-7(2-7), 7-5, 6-0.

Jarry had not lost a set during the week and powered to a 4-1 set one lead behind aggressive

Cameron Norrie and Carlos Alcaraz
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Norrie struck an ace down the tee to level the match at one set all.

forehands and serves.

Near the end of set two, Alcaraz had both of his hamstrings rubbed by the tour's trainer on several changeovers.

A few loose points from Jarry were helpful as Alcaraz rolled after taking set two.

In the final in set one, Alcaraz held serve at five games all to lead 6-5.

With Norrie serving to stay in the set at deuce, Alcaraz struck an inside out down the line forehand dropshot winner to reach set point.

Alcaraz hit a down the line backhand passing shot winner to break serve and take the set.

With Alcaraz serving at 4 all 30-40, Alcaraz hit a crosscourt backhand lob long to drop serve and trail 4-5.

Then with Norrie serving for set two, Alcaraz struck two groundstrokes long before netting a down the line backhand return to face set point.

Norrie struck an ace down the tee to level the match at one set all.

Serving at four games all in a five deuce game, Alcaraz served an underhand serve as he appeared to struggle with his hamstring injury that first appeared on the previous day.

Then serving at five games all, Alcaraz overcame a 0-40 deficit to reach deuce before hitting two consecutive backhand errors to drop serve and trail 5-6.

In the final game at deuce, Alcaraz struck a crosscourt forehand return long to face matchpoint.

Norrie hit a down the tee ace to close out the match after two hours and 41 minutes of play.

The victory would be Norrie's first title of the year and would see him rise to number 12 in the singles world rankings.

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