Cameron Norrie continued the momentum from his Delray Beach title win as he defeated Daniel Altmaier in Acapulco. The Brit used the opening set to acclimatise to conditions as Altmaier looked to make things awkward for Norrie, coming into the net to shorten up the points. It was Altmaier who struck the first blow in the fifth game as some heavy forehands edged out the break for a 3-2 lead.
However Norrie’s confidence was sky high and the Brit struck with a comfortable break back in the eighth game showcasing intelligent returning. The returner continued to succeed in the opening set as neither player really dominated the tempo of the match as Altmaier once again proved to be tricky with his power and craft earning the chance to serve out the set at 5-4. Once again though a stunning return game saw Norrie break to love as the opening set went to a tiebreak.
Norrie used his experience and defensive skills to force errors from the German’s game at crucial moments to dominate the tiebreak. A fast start was sealed with a clinical finish as he took the tiebreak 7-5 to claim the opening set in 67 minutes. From then on it was one way traffic as the German continued to produce unforced errors in the second set.
Norrie broke in the first and fifth games as well as only facing one break point in the second set as he eased into the second round as well as extending his winning run to five matches.
Cameron Norrie  v John Isner H2H & Match Fundamentals
Isner has a big serve that can play any player off the court mixed with awkward groundstrokes. Now turning 36 years-old, the American has struggled this season only winning back-to-back matches at a tournament in one of four events so far in 2022. Can the American find some much needed confidence in Acapulco ahead of Indian Wells and Miami?
As mentioned, Norrie’s serve will be a huge indicator as to how well this match will go for the Brit with Isner more than guaranteed to hold serve for 90% of the match. A faster Grandstand Caliente court also means the American is likely to have greater success playing his game. It will be another big test for Norrie but his confident form means he has a great chance of making the last eight in Mexico and continuing his winning streak.
Meanwhile in Dubai Andy Murray once again failed to win back-to-back matches at a tournament as he was defeated by the brutal power of Jannik Sinner. The Opening set was a close contest with both players holding serve fairly comfortable as Murray neutralised Sinner’s power the best he could.
Murray was forced to save two break points in the fifth game to hold for 3-2 but got nowhere near the Italian’s with Sinner not even being forced to Deuce. In the end a break to love in the eleventh game sealed the opening set for the fourth seed. A similar story happened in the second set as Murray conceded breaks in the first and fifth games as another early exit happened.
Should Murray take a wildcard, the Brit will now head to Indian Wells in search of more confidence and consistency. Indian Wells starts on the 10th of March.
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