Cameron Norrie wasted 16 breakpoints when his attempt to reach the second week of a grand slam for the first time, bit the dust on the clay of Roland Garros.
The British singles contingent will all be home for the postcards after Norrie, the only man or woman to reach the third round of the French Open, was beaten 6-2 7-5 5-7 6-4 by Russia’s Karen Khachanov .
The 10th seed will look back on the many early opportunities he had to draw blood against an opponent he was a match for – he forced eight breakpoints in the first set alone, but was unable to convert any of them.
By the time he trailed 4-2 in the second, Norrie had wasted 11 break chances, while Khachanov had converted his three.
On the 12th time of the question Norrie made a breakthrough, a well worked point ended with a volley at the net to bring the set back on service.
Then came and went a set point for Norrie on Khachanov’s serve and instead it was the power of the 21st that forced Norrie’s mistakes to send him into a two-set lead.
It was the same story at the beginning of the third; Norrie created two breakpoints, missed both and was immediately broken again.
Still, Khachanov dropped the 10th seed back into the set twice and Norrie finished the job with a break to take it to fourth.
But the effort seemed to have taken its toll on Norrie and Khachanov started the set – now played under the Paris spotlight – like a subway as he roared ahead 5-1.
Norrie fought to the end, sparing three match points before breaking for 3-5, but he succumbed to a powerful serve play with an ace in the middle that finally sent him in.
A disappointed Norrie said: “I think Karen was better than me and played the bigger points better. I had a lot of breakpoints and he made it difficult for me. I thought he played great.
“I wanted to make it to the second week for the first time and today I didn’t play at my best.
“Karen played better, he deserved the win and I’m very disappointed, but I tried my best and had a good attitude, gave myself a chance.
“I have to keep doing what I do and learn from these matches.”