At the beginning when the draw was released, this match-up caught the eye of many British fans. The realisation that a British wildcard, who had never won an ATP main draw match in his career, was on the verge of playing the No.2 seed Gael Monfils.
Cameron Norrie came through his first round against Horacio Zeballosand now plays a dream match against a Top 16 player. Norrie served incredibly well in his opener and the most eye-catching takeaway from that match was the different types of serve he came up with on the day to unsettle his opponent. Monfils is a massive challenge though.
Monfils is known for his unpredictability. You never quite know what to expect on the other side of the court. Sometimes he hustles deep behind the baseline and other times he pushes the envelope and ups the intensity. The difficulty of playing the Frenchman is anticipating just exactly he is going to come up with. I do not think even Monfils really knows.
I think Monfils will come through this second round match in Eastbourne. Grass is not the ideal surface for Monfils as he plays better, as results have shown, on the hard and clay court surfaces, but the No.2 seed has more experience at this level, which should be telling against the World No.236 Norrie.
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