The British No.1 had won both of their previous close meetings this year on clay in Lyon and on the hardcourts in Cincinnati and he had predicted a “war”.
In the first set, the world No.9 served for the set at 5-4 only to play a horrible game with a double fault and a smash into the net only to break straight back and then hold.
In the eventful second. Norrie led 4-1 before Rune called for a medical timeout. Serving for the set at 5-4, the Dane started complaining to the umpire after saving a first set point before Norrie took his third set point with a backhand down the line.
Norrie told Amazon Prime: “Holger is not easy. He can go through matches where he is playing pretty passively and then he goes and hits very aggressively, so you have got to be ready for anything. He has great hands and defends really well at times.