Cameron Norrie's run at the 2023 Madrid Open came to an end in the third round with a pulsating three-set defeat to Zhang Zhizhen on Monday night.
The world number 99 took two hours and eight minutes to record a 2-6 7-6 7-6 victory and become the first-ever Chinese man to reach the fourth round of a Masters tournament.
Following a cagey start to the match, Norrie found his groove with a four-game winning streak to take the first set with aplomb, but he wasted five break points in the second set as Zhizhen levelled in the tie-breaker.
A lightning quick third set saw both men power through their service games without ceding a single break point, but as more errors began to creep in on Norrie's side, the Briton was made to pay.
After painfully sending a number of shots a couple of inches beyond the baseline, Norrie ceded four match points to Zhizhen, who took his first as the Wimbledon semi-finalist shanked a forehand wide.
Twenty-six-year-old Zhizhen has been rewarded with a last-16 battle with the USA's Taylor Fritz, while Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas also progressed with victories over Alexander Shevchenko and Sebastian Baez respectively.No Data Analysis info