Alexander Zverev vs Cameron Norrie – Australian Open: Live results and game-by-game updates as British number one loses close first set in Melbourne

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Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for the latest results and game-by-game updates as British number one Cameron Norrie takes on Alexander Zverev in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

BREAK! Cameron Norrie* 5-6 Alexander Zverev

The first pressure of the match sees Norrie fall behind 0-30 in this vital service game, and it looks bleak when the Brit misses his first serve on the third point.

He stays strong in the play to bring the score to 15-30, but Zverev saves his best play of the match for the perfect moment.

The German countered Norrie’s aggressive play at the net with a sumptuous crosscourt backhand on one rally, earning two break points.

Norrie survives the first scare, but is unable to take the game to two, firing an unforced error into the net.

The break is met with a great first pump from Zverev, who takes control at the end of the first set.

Germany's Alexander Zverev reacts against Britain's Cameron Norrie during their men's singles match on day nine of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 22, 2024. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NON-COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

Cameron Norrie 5-5 Alexander Zverev*

Norrie gets the game underway with the first point, deftly returning Zverev’s serve, but some excellent net play from the German helps him regain control.

The Brit does well to get things back to 40-30, one point away from two, but is unable to keep a lob from the baseline on the court, narrowly missing the point to concede the game.

Cameron Norrie* 5-4 Alexander Zverev

Norrie maintains her composure and is one game away from taking the first set.

Zverev does well in the game to take advantage of his opportunities, reaching 40-30 in Norrie’s favor after the Brit missed his first serve, but the 28-year-old responds with an emphatic ace to crash onto the board and hold. the service.

Can Norrie find the rest he needs?

Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 22, 2024 Britain's Cameron Norrie in action during his fourth round match against Germany's Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
Germany's Alexander Zverev reacts against Britain's Cameron Norrie during their men's singles match on day nine of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 22, 2024. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NON-COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

Cameron Norrie 4-4 Alexander Zverev*

Whatever worried Zverev’s first serve in the last game has now been ignored. Norrie asks an early question at 15-15, but the German finally sweeps the game away as he hits his points from serve.

Unless something changes, this set seems headed for a tiebreaker.

Cameron Norrie* 4-3 Alexander Zverev

This is excellent of Norrie, and all thanks to their service.

The Brit continues to attack his points and prevent his opponent from doing damage with his return. Zverev is starting to get frustrated, as he barely asks Norrie any questions during his service games.

Zverev will take the new balls in his next match. Let’s see if that makes a difference…

Cameron Norrie 3-3 Alexander Zverev*

Zverev is starting to have trouble with his first serves, missing two at important moments in his third service game.

Upsetting for Norrie, the Brit failed to return one of Zverev’s second serves at 30-15, handing control to the German.

Nothing to divide the couple at the moment.

Cameron Norrie* 3-2 Alexander Zverev

Norrie’s serve gets him out of trouble after Zverev hit a magnificent backhand to bring the game to 30-30. The German seemed to have the bit between his teeth as he looked for a first break of the match, but Norrie was having none of it, launching two impressive serves to hold serve.

Great match so far this one. Let’s hope it continues.

Britain's Cameron Norrie serves against Germany's Alexander Zverev during their men's singles match on day nine of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 22, 2024. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NON-COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

Cameron Norrie 2-2 Alexander Zverev*

There is only one drawback when it comes to Zverev. Everyone expected him to win a perfect service game again, before the German committed an unusual double fault at 40-0.

However, he makes up for it with a fierce ace, winning the game to tie the score. No one is coming close to a break yet.

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Cameron Norrie* 2-1 Alexander Zverev

Anything you can do, I can do better!

If Norrie’s first service game required some astute hitting play to get the job done, the second certainly did not. The Brit gives Zverev a headache with his serve and mirrors the last game, taking a 2-1 lead with no response from the German.

There is already a lot of skill to show in this one, particularly in terms of first serves.

Cameron Norrie 1-1 Alexander Zverev*

An incredible service game from Zverev. Norrie cannot deal with his opponent’s serve and is unable to make a meaningful play, losing the game without a point on the scoreboard.

Cameron Norrie* 1-0 Alexander Zverev

Great start for the Brit, winning his first service game. He starts off with a powerful ace that overwhelms Zverev, showing how important his serve will be throughout the match.

But Zverev shows his strength in the rally, twice taking Norrie to 15-15 and 30-30 before hitting a forehand offside, giving the Briton a 40-30 lead.

The 28-year-old has the nerve to win the first match. Well played, Norrie.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22: Cameron Norrie of the United Kingdom plays a forehand during his fourth round singles match against Alexander Zverev of Germany during the Australian Open 2024 at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Starts the match

Cameron Norrie gets us going at the Margaret Court Arena…

Here we go!

The public at Margaret Court Arena applauds the stars as they take to the field.

Zverev wins the toss and elects to receive first, meaning Norrie will start in Melbourne.

Let’s hope we face an exciting contest.

Henman: ‘Dicko was always present in my life’

Before we dive into the action, it is important that Mail Sport pays tribute to our legendary tennis correspondent Mike Dickson, who died aged 59 while covering the Australian Open last week.

The news shocked and saddened the tennis world, and Tim Henman paid tribute to the great man.

Rest in peace, Dicko. As a journalist and as a person, you were simply in a league of your own.

The stage is set!

The stars are on Court 11 warming up their strokeplay and we are just minutes away from first serve in Melbourne, with the match expected to start at 5:20am UK time.

Svitolina’s withdrawal caused a reorganization of the calendar, hence the slight delay. Norrie and Zverev will now play at Margaret Court Arena.

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