Rublev had needed two five-set matches to reach the third round while Norrie had not just dropped a set.
That stat changed after 36 minutes of attritional play in humid conditions. The pair had one gruelling rally of 35 shots – the second longest in the tournament – before Norrie ended a sloppy game on his serve at 4-4 by hitting a tame backhand into the net. Rublev wrapped up the first set in 36 minutes with an ace.
The British No.1 was broken again in the third game of the second set after he shanked one forehand out of the Louis Armstrong Stadium. He failed to take
At 3-2, play was paused as drizzle started but the organisers failed to close the roof. Two games later heavy rain started and play was delayed for 24 minutes before the court was dried.