Cameron Norrie in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open, ATP Indian Wells 2018
Photo by MIKE NELSON/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock | Cameron Norrie in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open, ATP Indian Wells 2018

Roland Garros 2018: Norrie’s Lyon run sets him up for Gojowczyk test at French Open

By Jake Davies

  • Cameron Norrie vs Peter Gojowczyk
  • First meeting
PARIS, FRANCE – Cameron Norrie chases a first win at Grand Slam level as he plays in-form Peter Gojowczyk in the opening round of Roland-Garros.




Cameron Norrie vs Peter Gojowczyk | First meeting

British No.3 Cameron Norrie had his most successful week on the ATP tour last week as he made it all the way to the semi-final stage in Lyon, losing to Gilles Simon in straight sets. During that week, Norrie achieved his first win over a Top-10 player when he beat John Isner and made his biggest leap on the red clay so far in his career.

This all stemmed from his successful debut for Great Britain at the Davis Cup tie against Spain three and half months ago and now prepares for his first ever Roland-Garros campaign, starting with a very winnable match in the opening round.

He will go up against the streaky German Peter Gojowczyk. The German’s development and progress on the red clay compares to the Brit’s in many ways. Gojowczyk did not win a tour-level match on the red clay until the Rome Masters of this year and then eventually went on to make the last 16 of that event and backed that up by making the final of Geneva, losing out to Marton Fucsovics in that final. Norrie had no tour-level experience at all and then shocked many by beating Roberto Bautista-Agut when representing his country, but now has shown reasonable positive signs in Lyon, which sets up this match nicely.

Gojowczyk’s success has mostly come from playing well on the faster hard courts and the grass courts as it allows him to get the most of his streaky, hit-and-miss groundstrokes, whereas the clay forces him to build the points a bit more and that is something he is learning to apply to his tennis. The problem that Norrie may find with playing the German is that Gojowczyk will settle the majority of the rallies through hitting a winner or an unforced error, so Norrie has to be prepared to feel very little rhythm in this match-up.

Prediction: Gojowczyk in four sets.


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