Britain’s interest in singles at the Australian Open ended with Cameron Norrie’s bold loss to Rafael Nadal in the third round

For the second time in the last three Grand Slams, Norrie in 69th place was the only British representative in the last 32 of the main draw

He faced a daunting task against second seed Nadal but pronounced himself very well and squeezed the Spaniard before falling to a 7-5 6-2 7-5 loss

Norrie, 25, hadn’t won a major draw game prior to his first-round win against compatriot Dan Evans at Melbourne Park, while this was his first career meeting against one of the three great men in tennis

Nadal won the first six points, but Norrie got into the game well, securing breakpoints in his first two service games before taking a break of his own 3-2

Nadal’s previous edition didn’t cause him any major problems in the first two games, but he struggled to hit the ball cleanly here and made some unexpected mistakes

He hit back immediately with a hiatus to love, and Norrie could reach the high level he was at 12th grade Match had not sustained to bring the Spaniard to a draw

Nadal, who had won 103 of his previous 117 tour-level clashes with fellow left-handers, dominated the second set and appeared to be pulling back, but Norrie intervened brilliantly at the start of the third

Nadal looked a little excited as the set headed for a tie, but Norrie couldn’t quite get over the line again when the second seed took the win after two hours and 14 minutes

Norrie loses his serve and with it the match when Nadal pauses and wins 7-5, 6-2, 7-5 Great performance from Norrie who played his part in this two-hour, 14-minute competition Nadal raised his level in the Course of the game and will be relieved to get through in three sets. The Spaniard can now look forward to a fourth-round encounter with the Italian 16 Seed Fabio Fognini look forward

Not the easiest service game for Nadal, but the Spaniard holds back the lead in this third set Nadal looked excited out there at times and he won’t want to extend this match much longer

Norrie plays with the same confidence he showed in the first movement and has a good love balance

Nadal is an out of round four game as he takes a 5-4 lead in that third set, a mix of serving well and grabbing his moments to pounce on Norrie balls in midfield

Another good grip from Norrie. His first serve looked like it had left him for a while, but he did well to hold on and stay on course with no split in that third set

Love service for Nadal as he gets closer. They close Rod Laver’s roof as it starts raining in Melbourne. Nadal decides to go to court while Norrie sits on his mind.

Norrie improved on his efforts in the second set when he finished 3: 3 in the third set. The Briton will not go under

without a fight

Both players race through their service games. We’re 20 minutes into the third set and five games to go

Nadal holds his serve much easier in this third set. It looks like the Spaniard is now playing inside himself after being pushed back pressure on Norrie in the first set

Great stop from Norrie! Nadal had numerous opportunities to break but the Brit bravely kept it from 1-1

Nadal takes the second set 6-2 and is only a set away from the fourth round Nadal played a lot cleaner tennis and seemed to be clearing up the mistakes he made in the opening set. Norrie was competitive and could stay competitive, but Nadal’s class seemed through

Nadal is one game away from securing two sets to love the lead Much more consistent tennis from Nadal that looks a lot more solid in this second set. Can Norrie hold up here and get Nadal to serve it?

Nadal takes the lead after another love service game The back doesn’t seem to cause the Spaniard any problems He moves well and hits the ball with his usual ferocity

Important stop for Norrie Saved breakpoints as it looked like Nadal was ready to rush off The Briton fends off the challenge of keeping the procedure going

Norrie got Nadal to work for this game, which wins it 0-30 down to take a 2-1 lead.We stay in action in that second set

Nadal stops to get things going in that second set. Good game from the Spaniard who doesn’t want to be out too long

Nadal takes the opening set 7-5 after breaking Norrie’s serve 48 minutes of tennis from both men who swapped breaks Nadal will be relieved to secure that set after Norrie, who looks unimpressed out there, continues plays with confidence

Good stop from Norrie pulling levels Has done all the basics to secure this game and continues to strike with confidence Nadal doesn’t look particularly comfortable out there, thanks to Norrie’s game

Nadal is one game away from finishing the first set Norries is causing a lot of problems for the Spaniard, which shows in the casual error count – Nadal 14 to Norries 10 Here comes a big moment for Norrie who has to wait for that opening set to extend

Norrie serving with new balls, levels to love The Briton hit an ace 30-0 that Nadal apparently had problems with – which means he wasn’t ready to see if it gets chippy

We’re back in action when Nadal takes the lead after a comfortable service hold It’s like Nadal was disgusted to have been broken in his previous service game as he can regain the lead with ease

Nadal breaks back immediately, the 20-time Grand Slam champion seemed to step up the intensity to bring things back to a level

Norrie breaks! Good pressure from Briton to break Nadal and take a 3-2 lead Norrie took up the pressure Nadal was on Can he consolidate?

Another good hold from Norrie that saved a couple of breakpoints Norrie’s serve looked a little shaky mid-game, and he took a double fault before finally holding

Another easy grip for Nadal, who hits the pitch from behind and Norrie moves from wing to wing in 12 minutes and we are on serve

Nadal pulls a forehand winner onto the line to end a 16-shot rally Norrie registered his first point in the match at 15-30 Nadal had breakpoint opportunities with the early pressure, but Norrie holds up well >

American Shelby Rogers beats 21 Seed Anett Kontaveit with 6-4, 6-3 She becomes the world No. 1 and the top seed Ash Barty

Daniil Medvedev (4); Stefanos Tsitsipas (5); Andrey Rublev (7); and Matteo Berrettini (9) won all of their third round games on March 6 Day

Hello and welcome to Day 6 at Melbourne Park and coverage of Cameron Norries’ third round encounter with world number 2 Rafael Nadal

The British No. 2, which ousted Briton Dan Evans in the opening round, came back from defeat to beat Russian qualifier Roman Safiullin 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 in round two

Nadal’s match in the second round was much easier. The 20-time Grand Slam champion won another qualifier with American Michael Mmoh in the straight sets 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 and saw despite it well-publicized previous problems well from

This third round game, a first meeting between the two lefts, will be played in an empty Rod Laver Arena as Victoria is suspended for five days on Friday night

Talking to the press about the prospect of facing Nadal, the 25-year-old said: “It’s amazing, I never thought I would play against them [Nadal, Roger Federer or Novak”Djokovic] I watched her when I was young and thought it was cool So it’ll be amazingâ ????

Norrie may be the only Brit still in singles at the Australian Open, but there is British interest in doubles fifth seed Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram are doing well and progressing to the third round as are sixth seed Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares

Heather Watson, who lost a narrow threesome to Anett Kontaveit on Thursday, plays with talented Canadian teen Leylah Fernandez.The pair finished 10th in the first round Saat defeated and will continue his good form on Sunday in the third round

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