British No 1 Cameron Norrie sees off Frenchman Constant Lestienne in four sets to reach third round of Australian Open, with match finishing at 1:30am in Melbourne!
- British No. 1 Cameron Norrie beat Constant Lestienne in the Australian Open
- Norrie defeated the Frenchman in four sets in the third round in Melbourne
- He will now face the Czech Republic’s Jiri Lehecka in the fourth round
British No. 1 Cameron Norrie defeated Frenchman Constant Lestienne by three sets to one to reach the third round of the Australian Open.
Norrie secured a huge victory in a match which continued into the early hours of Thursday morning in Melbourne – finishing just after 1.30AM local time – winning 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3.
It marks only the second time Norrie has reached the third round of the Australian Open, in his sixth experience of the tournament.
British No. 1 Cameron Norrie defeated Constant Lestienne in four sets at the Australian Open
Norrie overcame world No. 55 Constant Lestienne in an intense encounter in Melbourne
It was a hard-fought win for the South Africa-born Brit, with Norrie at one stage 5-2 down in the second set.
He fought back to win the set on a tie break, winning five of the next six games, before he then overcame an increasingly frustrated Lestienne by 6-3 in the final set in a match that lasted three hours and 13 minutes.
Norrie, who reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon last year, will now face Czech Republic’s Jiri Lehecka in the third round.
Norrie fought back from 5-2 down in the third set and will face Jiri Lehecka in the fourth round
The 27-year-old’s win over Lestienne came after he defeated wildcard Luca Van Assche in straight sets in the first round.
Norrie actually faced Lehecka last week in the ASB Classic in Auckland, emerging victorious 6-4 6-7 6-3 in a tightly-contested encounter.
He is the first Brit to reach the third round of the Men’s competition and will hope to be joined by Andy Murray and Dan Evans who are both yet to play their second round clashes.