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Alexander Zverev vs Cameron Norrie – Australian Open: Live score and game-by-game updates with last Brit standing scrapping in a back-and-forth battle with Germany’s world No 5

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

Norrie 5-7 6-3 1-4 Zverev*

And just like that, the Olympic Gold medallist backs up the break with a hold of serve, taking a 1-4 lead in the set.

Punishing Norrie for his poor play in the last game, Zverev makes no mistake with his serve, finding his spots well and fiercely pushing back Norrie beyond the baseline.

The Brit will need another momentum swing to save the set.

BREAK! Norrie* 5-7 6-3 1-3 Zverev

What happened there, Cam?! Norrie drops hugely in his strokeplay and all but gifts Zverev the break, falling 40-0 behind before the Brit could even blink.

He manages to earn a point back to put pressure on Zverev, but the German identifies the killer moment and confirms the first break of set three.

Medvedev’s masterclass

After defeating Borges to make the quarter-finals, Medvedev opened up on his return of serve.

Norrie 5-7 6-3 1-2 Zverev*

Zverev has a chance to hold serve without reply from Norrie, but he makes an unforced error at the net to give Norrie an outside chance of breaking at 40-15.

The German needs no second invitation however, and keeps his composure to win the service game in style.

He’s done well to stop Norrie’s momentum here in the third…

Norrie* 5-7 6-3 1-1 Zverev

Zverev stops the rot with his first service game of set three, winning his first game in five after Norrie’s late flurry in the second. He storms to a 40-0 advantage before the Brit wins successive points to close the gap, but he makes no mistake to hold the first game.

Norrie replies with a strong service game of his own, continuing to prosper from his assertive approach in rallies.

Nothing to split them so far.

Medvedev triumphs over Borges

It was a valiant effort from Nuno Borges to fight back and win set three, but Daniil Medvedev showed his class in the fourth set, winning 6-1 to book his place in the quarter-finals.

Can Medvedev go all the way?

Norrie WINS set two!

He’s tied the match! It looked for all the world that Norrie would lose the second halfway through that set, but a sensational comeback has put him right back in this contest.

Norrie worries to crowd after missing a simple overhead volley to hand Zverev a 0-30 advantage in the game, but rallies well to bring it back to 15-30.

The German anticipates this is his chance to strike and goes on the front foot in the following rally, pushing Norrie back and earning two break points at 15-40.

Mid-rally, Norrie just manages to keep his powerful backhand inside the court and forces deuce thanks to a poor return from Zverev.

The pair continue to trade blows as Zverev first draws Norrie’s advantage back to deuce before losing two more break points in the crucial game.

After fighting through the pressure, Norrie finally earns a set point – and is given a huge slice of luck as his effort trickles into and over the net, giving Zverev no chance of returning.

What a set that was from Norrie. This has the early makings of an absolute classic!

BREAK! Norrie 5-7 5-3 Zverev*

Zverev can hardly believe what’s happened! Norrie has flicked a switch here and looks like a completely different player towards the back end of this set.

Returning the German’s first serves brilliantly, Norrie charges forward on to the front foot to keep up the aggression – and it pays dividends as he goes 0-30 up.

Zverev initially recovers well to claw a point back, but a shock double fault hands Norrie two break points. He squanders the first, powering a backhand beyond the baseline and out, and gets unlucky with his subsequent return, only just failing to direct it over the net.

Norrie produces a short drop-shot to stun Zverev and earn a third break point of the game – and this time he’s able to – winning a third straight game to take control of the second set.

This is simply outstanding from Norrie!

Britain's Cameron Norrie hits a return 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 NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 22, 2024 Germany's Alexander Zverev in action during his fourth round match against Britain's Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Norrie* 5-7 4-3 Zverev

Wow, what a match of tennis we have here. Norrie has really ramped up his aggression since going behind in the set and looks like a completely different player.

Norrie puts Zverev on the back foot far behind the baseline and profits from the aggressive and positive approach, backing up his break with an important hold in set two.

Norrie 5-7 3-3 Zverev*

Norrie finds the break! That is HUGE from the Brit!

Incredible defensive play sees Norrie go 0-30 up in the game as he transitions beautifully from defence to attack, causing Zverev all sorts of problems.

Norrie falls the wrong side of a remarkable rally but it doesn’t impact his confidence, as the Brit wins the next to points to break back instantly.

A massive moment in this match!

BREAK! Norrie* 5-7 2-3 Zverev

Zverev holds serve with a routine service game and piles pressure back on to Norrie, who is struggling to hold serve with ease at the moment.

He keeps pushing Norrie back with some aggressive play of his own and forces the Brit into a handful of errors.

As the 28-year-old looks to bring up deuce at 40-30, he fires a backhand into the top of the net, and it lands outside the court to Norrie’s misery.

He’ll need to break back now to avoid going two sets down.

Britain's Cameron Norrie hits a return 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 NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

Borges showing spirit!

This one looked to be all but over, with Medvedev breaking the third set at 3-5, but Borges saved two match points superbly to break serve and followed it up by winning his own service game.

5-5 now and pressure is mounting on Medvedev. Borges’ Open may not be over just yet!

Norrie* 5-7 2-1 Zverev

Norrie is hanging in there and deserves all the plaudits. That’s an excellent hold from the Brit.

Zverev produces one of the shots of the match so far, bamboozling Norrie with a ferocious crosscourt backhand, but Norrie bites back with some magic of his own, dropshotting the German to bring the game to 40-30.

He finishes off the service game with a superb serve and clenches his fist upon holding serve. You can see what this period of the match means for Norrie…

Norrie 5-7 1-1 Zverev*

Another simple service game as far as Zverev is concerned. He’s limiting Norrie’s aggressive style with his service game, putting the Brit on the back foot straightaway with fierce and accurate serves.

This is a crucial moment in the match and Norrie will feel he needs to come close to a break soon to build confidence.

Germany's Alexander Zverev serves 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 NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

Norrie* 5-7 1-0 Zverev

A great reply from Norrie as he storms through the first service game. That will give the Brit confidence.

Zverev WINS the first set

Norrie begins the set well until another unforced error gifts Zverev a route back in at 30-30, but the Brit puts together a sensational rally to earn a break point to tie up the first set.

Zverev holds his nerve though and draws the game to deuce before winning advantage, firing pressure back on to Norrie.

Norrie’s aggressive forward play puts Zverev on the back foot and he’s able to survive the first set point. But the German keeps finding his serve, and Norrie struggles to return with any conviction.

An unforced error sees Zverev take the first set, typifying the affair so far. Norrie has been excellent in moments, but he needs to be more consistent if he wants to cause the German problems.

BREAK! Cameron Norrie* 5-6 Alexander Zverev

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

He holds strong in the rally to pull it back to 15-30, but Zverev saves his best play of the match for the perfect moment.

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

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

The break is met by a huge first pump from Zverev, who takes control late in 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 NO 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, skilfully returning Zverev’s serve, but some excellent play at the net from the German helps him regain control.

The Brit does well to bring things back to 40-30, a point away from deuce, but he’s not quite able to keep a baseline lob in court, narrowly losing the point to concede the game.

Cameron Norrie* 5-4 Alexander Zverev

Norrie keeps his composure and goes a game away from taking the first set.

Zverev does well in the game to take his chances – taking proceedings to 40-30 in favour of Norrie after the Brit misses his first serve – but the 28-year-old replies with an emphatic ace to crash into the backboard and hold serve.

Can Norrie find the break 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 NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

Cameron Norrie 4-4 Alexander Zverev*

Whatever was troubling Zverev’s first serve last game, it’s been shrugged off now. Norrie asks an early question at 15-15, but the German ultimately storms through the game as he hits his spots from serve.

Unless anything changes, this set looks poised for a tiebreak.

Cameron Norrie* 4-3 Alexander Zverev

This is excellent from Norrie – and it’s all thanks to his serve.

The Brit continues to hit his spots and prevent his opponent from doing damage with his return. Zverev is starting to get frustrated, as he’s hardly asking Norrie any questions during his service games.

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

Cameron Norrie 3-3 Alexander Zverev*

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

Annoyingly for Norrie, the Brit fluffed returning one of Zverev’s second serves at 30-15, handing the German control.

Nothing to split the pair at the moment.

Cameron Norrie* 3-2 Alexander Zverev

Norrie’s serve gets him out of trouble after Zverev produces a superb backhand to take the game to 30-30. The German looked to have the bit between his teeth as he eyed a first break of the match, but Norrie wasn’t having any of it, fizzing two stunning serves to hold serve.

Great match so far this. 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 NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

Cameron Norrie 2-2 Alexander Zverev*

Only one hiccup there as far as Zverev is concerned. It looked for all the world he’d win a perfect service game again, before the German made an uncharacteristic double fault at 40-0.

He makes up for it with a fierce ace however, winning the game to tie the scoreboard. Nobody coming close to a break yet.

Medvedev closes in on quarter-finals

Daniil Medvedev has just gone two sets up against Nuno Borges after a well-fought tie-break. It’s a bitter blow for the Portuguese, who went toe-to-toe with Medvedev all set.

Does Borges have anything left in the tank?

Cameron Norrie* 2-1 Alexander Zverev

Anything you can do, I can do better!

If Norrie’s first service game required some shrewd strokeplay to get the job done, his second certainly didn’t. The Brit gives Zverev a headache with his serve and mirrors the last game, soaring to a 2-1 lead without reply from the German.

Plenty of skill of show already in this one, particularly in terms of first serves.

Cameron Norrie 1-1 Alexander Zverev*

An amazing service game from Zverev. Norrie is unable to deal with his opponent’s serve and is unable to get into a meaningful rally, 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 kicks things off with a powerful ace past Zverev, showing just how important his serve will be throughout the match.

But Zverev shows his strength in rally, twice drawing Norrie back to 15-15 and 30-30 before dragging a baseline forehand out of play, handing the Brit a 40-30 advantage.

The 28-year-old holds his nerve to win the first game. Well played, Norrie.

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

Match begins

Cameron Norrie gets us underway at Margaret Court Arena…

Here we go!

The Margaret Court Arena crowd applauds the stars as they walk out on to the court.

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

Let’s hope we’re in for an enthralling contest.

Henman: ‘Dicko was ever present in my life’

Before we dive into the action, it’s important for Mail Sport to honour our legendary tennis correspondent Mike Dickson, who passed away aged 59 while covering the Australian Open last week.

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

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

The stage is set!

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

Svitolina’s withdrawal led to a reshuffle in the schedule, hence the slight delay. Norrie and Zverev will now play on Margaret Court Arena.

Zverev wary of Norrie’s aggressive style

When you think of Cameron Norrie, you normally think of somebody who grinds a lot, a big fighter. But in the off-season he really worked on his game and he really worked on the aggressive style of play. He really worked on coming forward.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Victor Joly/DPPI/Shutterstock (14310148kw) Sascha Alexander Zverev of Germany during the Australian Open AO 2024 Grand Slam tennis tournament on January 20, 2024 at Melbourne Park in Australia. Photo Victor Joly / DPPI TENNIS - AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2024 - WEEK 1, , Melbourne, Australie - 20 Jan 2024

It was very noticeable in December, and you can see it on the court now. The work is paying off for him.

Svitolina withdraws through injury

Elina Svitolina has withdrawn from the Australian Open after suffering an injury in her fourth round clash with Linda Noskova.

She has been one of the stars of the tournament so far – and it’s a horrible blow for the Ukrainian, who could have gone all the way.

Let’s hope she has a speedy recovery.

Medvedev’s one set up, but Borges has the crowd

It won’t surprise you to hear that the crowd is rallying behind underdog Nuno Borges as he fights back from a set down against No 3 seed Daniil Medvedev.

In the fourth round match happening right now, Medvedev has taken an early lead after winning the first set 6-3, although it’s all to play for in the second – with the two stars breaking each other in the early stages.

Of course, our focus will be on the British hopes as Norrie takes on Zverev, but we’ll also update you on how this one unfolds. Can Borges find that next break to level the match?

Norrie’s journey so far

It’s a huge day for British hopes in Melbourne as Cameron Norrie is the last remaining British star left in the competition. Triumph over Alexander Zverev today, and he’ll be in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Norrie enjoyed a comfortable start to the tournament against Juan Pablo Varillas in the first round, cruising past the Peruvian in straight sets, but had to come through a scare in the second round against Giulio Zeppieri.

After the Italian took a two-set lead and put Norrie on the brink of an exit, the Brit stormed back to edge out a five-set thriller and set up a third round clash with Casper Ruud.

A dominant display against the Norwegian helped Norrie triumph 6-4 6-7 6-4 6-3 on Saturday to set up today’s fourth round meeting with Zverev.

For a recap on Norrie’s third round victory over Ruud, read Mail Sport’s report below.

Good morning

If you’re braving the early start in the UK, I applaud you for the effort. And if you’re catching us elsewhere around the globe, the warmest of welcomes too.

Another enthralling day of tennis is in finely poised in Melbourne, with British No 1 Cameron Norrie ready to take to the court shortly against Alexander Zverev. We’ll be bringing you all the latest updates and news in what promises to be an entertaining fourth round clash between the pair.

So grab a cup of tea, sit comfortably and let’s dive into this…

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Joly Victor/ABACA/Shutterstock (14310524ak) Cameron Norrie of GBR during the Australian Open AO 2024 Grand Slam tennis tournament on January 20, 2024 at Melbourne Park in Australia. 2024 Australian Open - Day 8 - Melbourne, Paris, France - 20 Jan 2024





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