Cameron Norrie defeats Jose Hernandez-Fernandez [Q] 7-6(5) 6-1
The rising British No.3 Cameron Norrie was made to work for the win in a tight first set in his Lyon opener. Norrie mostly struggled to find that continuity in his serve for long periods of the first set and although he broke in the fourth game of the first set, Norrie was still giving away too many opportunities for Jose Hernandez-Fernandez to have a decent look at pulling the scoreline back in his favour.
Hernandez-Fernandez did just that when he broke back in the midway stage of the first set and fought incredibly hard to take the match into a first set tiebreak, where he still managed to create big openings on the Brit’s serve. Norrie was close to losing the first set as Hernandez-Fernandez was 5-4 up in the tiebreak, but had the next two points on his own serve, but Norrie made a substantial improvement to his level to turn the tiebreak around and win it at the last minute.
The second set was a much easier experience for the British No.3 who is looking for a major run this week to set him up for the French Open next week. He saved all four of the break points faced on his own serve, was clinical when it mattered and gained confidence as he figured out the game of his opponent on the other side of the court.
Cameron Norrie vs Maximilian Marterer H2H: First meeting
Norrie was set to face the former Top-10 player Gael Monfilsin the second round of Lyon, but the Frenchman was shockingly beaten by the German Maximilian Martererin the first round.
Marterer has also experienced most of his success in the last 12 months. The German took quite some time to get his first tour level main draw win at the Australian Open earlier this year and also it took him four tries to finally get a win over a Top 20 player, against Diego Schwartzman in Munich earlier this year and his results suggest that his confidence is at its highest point in his career.
Marterer is certainly a step up from Norrie’s previous opponent and enjoys his time on the clay court surface, so it will be an intriguing watch to see which of the left-handed players comes out on top in this encounter.
Prediction: Marterer in two sets.
Norrie and Marterer are scheduled on Court 1 at 11am (10am BST).
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