Cameron Norrie beaten in four sets by 15th seed Lucas Pouille

Cameron Norrie

GETTYCameron Norrie had fought his way back into the match late last night

It was always going to be a tough task for Cameron Norrie to take out Lucas Pouille on home turf (or rather, crushed brick) and this outing proved to be more testing than most.

Norrie held his own but at 5-3 down, a converted volley at the net was wiped out after the umpire adjudged that the world number 85 had touched the net with his foot, leaving Pouille to take his first match point to register a 6-2 6-4 5-7 7-6 win.

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British No.3 Norrie returned to Roland Garros yesterday after pinching the third set in near darkness the previous evening, despite being stricken by stomach cramps.

After taking the third set, Norrie possessed some momentum and after doing well to stay with the big hitting of the 15th seed, Norrie created a set point at 4-5 on his opponent's serve.

'I think she would be proud and she played a lot of tennis herself'. "And it was nice to still be in the match last night and give myself another chance".

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But now Norrie is planning on taking some time out after a busy start to 2018 - before heading back to the United Kingdom for the grass-court season.

Pouille was just able to do a lot of things better and more efficiently, and there is no doubt that experience began to tell here.

"So I think if I would have played again, I would probably play a little more aggressive in the bigger moments". But it was all about learning'.

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