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Cameron Norrie aced by big-serving Milos Raonic in first round at Queen’s

Norrie had two match points in a marathon third-set tie-break but lost 7-6 (6) 3-6 7-6 (9) in two hours and 15 minutes.

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Cameron Norrie folded against the king of aces at Queen’s as his miserable run continued.

Big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic thundered down 47 aces, an ATP Tour record for a three-set match, as he dealt Norrie another defeat at the cinch Championships.

Norrie, who lost his British number one spot to Jack Draper over the weekend, had two match points in a marathon third-set tie-break but was beaten 7-6 (6) 3-6 7-6 (9) in two hours and 15 minutes.

The 28-year-old has endured a difficult season – and a rotten few weeks – having lost eight of his previous 14 matches including a first-round exit at the French Open and a defeat at Nottingham last week by world number 773 Jack Pinnington Jones.

Former world number three Raonic may have slipped to 186 in the rankings after three years of injury problems, but he is still in possession of one of the game’s most potent serves.

Norrie endured a set of the 33-year-old’s 140mph missiles whizzing past him before pouncing in the tie-break, saving a set point before edging ahead.

When Raonic immediately broke the Norrie serve, the second set was only going to go one way.

Cameron Norrie looks frustrated
Norrie, pictured, lost his British number one spot to Jack Draper over the weekend (Mike Egerton/PA)

In the third-set tie-break, Norrie failed to convert two match points and Raonic put one away with a forehand winner to condemn the 2021 runner-up to an early exit.

Norrie said: “There’s not much really to say other than he won the last point and he served unreal. Too good.

“I was honestly proud about my level. I gave myself a lot of chances. My concentration was great, playing great, I enjoyed it. But too good.”

Summer had broken out on the posh lawns of West Kensington, but the first day of the cinch Championships was not without its controversy.

Seventh seed Holger Rune branded the court “terrible” after he kept slipping on the damp grass as he tumbled to a three-set defeat to Australia’s Jordan Thompson.

“This court is so slippy,” the young Dane moaned to umpire James Keothavong.

“Terrible court, what is this? I can’t stand on the court. It’s too wet. Call the supervisor. I fell three times. It’s too wet. You think I’m falling on purpose?”

American Frances Tiafoe also came a cropper, having to retire from his match against Australian qualifier Rinky Hijikata after a nasty fall.

Bulgarian veteran Grigor Dimitrov, the 2014 champion and current world number 10, cruised past France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-1 6-2.

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