British No. 1 Cameron Norrie has reached the third round of the French Open for the third year in a row after a comfortable straight sets win over home hope Lucas Pouille.
Nouri, seeded 14th, made a huge improvement from his opening match in which he battled to five sets to defeat another Frenchman in Benoît Paire. Against Poole, he won 6–1 6–3 6–3 and silenced the vocal home crowd.
Ranked as low as 675 in the world after injury and personal problems, Pouille was bidding to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time since Wimbledon in 2019, but he will be up against a ruthless and relentless Norrie. were not prepared for. ,
The 27-year-old showed his straightness by conceding only six points to a nervous-looking Paulie in the first five games of the match. Although the Frenchman saved a set point to avoid the dreaded bagel, Norrie prevailed in the end
First set in less than half an hour.
Pauli quickly found himself 2-0 up in the second set after an early break, but the 29-year-old then rattled off three games in a row to enliven the Parisian crowd on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.
It could very easily have been four games in a row for Poole as he led 0-15 and 15-30 in Norrie’s next service game, only for Britain to rally and level things at 3-3.
And just as Norrie lost momentum in the match, she regained it as she broke Pouille on either side of a service hold to suddenly claim the second set and crush any thoughts of a comeback.
Norrie raced to a 5–1 lead in the third set, including a controversial non-call of a double-bounce in Britain’s favor as they won four games in a row.
On serve at 2–1, and with Pauli’s service game tied at 30–30, Norrie failed to reach a ball before it bounced a second time, but was not noticed by umpire Eva Asderaki-Moore.
Despite complaints from the Frenchman and the home crowd also expressing their displeasure as replays showed the ball had in fact bounced twice, before another mini-poile revival late on saw Norrie close in on the win.
He roused himself to break Norrie when he served for the match at 5-1 and then had two more chances to break again and get things back on track as the world No. 13 again tried to close things out. Tried to.
Norry, who had never reached the fourth round at Roland Garros before, finally wrapped things up with his second match point and will now play either 17th seed Lorenzo Musetti or Alexander Shevchenko in the last 32.
Norrie said after the win: “All credit goes to Lucas, it’s great to see him back and enjoying his tennis.
“It was a tough fight, tough to get over the line.
“It was a great atmosphere. Sorry to exclude another Frenchman, but hope you can support me in the next one.”
“I’m happy I got through it. And I’ll be ready to fight again on Friday.”
Dane Evans and Jack Draper both lost in the first round and no women made it into the main draw, leaving Norrie as the only British player left in singles.