Norrie was the overwhelming favourite heading into this one because Rune was playing rather poorly recently. He did get some wins in Washington recently but the Dane is not showing the same comfort level he showed last year. In this one, it was quite similar as he had his comment but overall not consistent enough.
Rune actually took the first break leading Norrie 4-2 in the opening set but the Brit was able to battle back and force a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, Norrie proved a bit more consistent from the baseline and that was all he needed to win it 7-5. Rune was not happy slamming a ball wide which got him a code violation for ball abuse.
The 2nd set opened with Rune taking an early break and it looked like it would be all he needed to win the set but it wasn't. Norrie was able to battle back and make it 4-4 but Rune broke Norrie in the very next game and that proved enough for the 6-4 finish. The final set had Rune getting the first break point but he was unable to use it and actually lost his serve in the very next game.
Norrie did not hold it and Rune took it back however the inconsistency issues were once again on display and Norrie was able to escape with a 6-4 finish. Tough but he got the job done.