World No. 12 Cameron Norrie absolutely enjoyed his debut at the ATP Finals even though he ended on the losing side.
On Wednesday, world No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas pulled out of the ATP Finals.
Norrie, who was the second alternate at the ATP Finals, replaced Tsitsipas and met Casper Ruud in Wednesday’s evening session.
Norrie made a fast start to the match but Ruud recovered to win 1-6 6-3 6-4.
“I enjoyed every second out there and I was feeling good in practise and was ready to play and compete,” said Norrie, per the ATP Finals website. “I came out firing and loved the match. It just came down to a couple games in the second and third sets. I was really happy with my level.
“This week has been incredible for me so far. I was using it as a training block heading into the Davis Cup, so [it is] a bonus to get a couple if matches in here. It is huge for the experience.”
Norrie loves playing on the big stage
Last month, Norrie captured the biggest title of his career after beating Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Indian Wells Masters final.
Norrie’s breakthrough season continued on Wednesday hen he made his debut at the ATP Finals.
“It was one of the biggest matches for my career, so I just tried to learn from Indian Wells and take from that the experience, the emotions, playing big matches and playing well under the pressure there,” said Norrie. “It has been a lot of fun playing at this level and playing at this level all year.
“I was really happy with how I handled the match [with Ruud] and how I approached it. I was basically out there playing for free as the second alternate. I had nothing to lose and I came out firing. All credit to Casper, that is the best I have ever seen him serve.”