Cameron Norrie in thee Davis Cup World Group Play off between Great Britain & Uzbekistan, Glasgow 2018
Cameron Norrie in thee Davis Cup World Group Play off between Great Britain & Uzbekistan, Glasgow 2018 | (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Atlanta | Norrie eases past Kyrgios to continue winning streak, Ruusuvuori awaits

  • Cameron Norrie [3] def Nick Kyrgios 6-1 6-4
  • Norrie v Emil Ruusuvuori | H2H: Norrie leads 1-0
ATLANTA, USA – Cameron Norrie eased past Nick Kyrgios to extend his winning streak to five matches as he set up a last eight meeting with Emil Ruusuvuori.


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Cameron Norrie [3] def Nick Kyrgios 6-1 6-4

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Cameron Norrie extended his winning streak to five matches as he reached the Atlanta quarter-finals after a dominating display over Nick Kyrgios. The in-form Brit started where he left off at Los Cabos as he dictated play mixing up the angles, pace and height of his shots.

Norrie took a 5-0 lead as Kyrgios only won 6 of 15 points on serve with his usual big-serving performance being neutralised by the Brit’s supreme returning. Eventually Kyrgios won a game but Norrie ensured that’s all it was as he took the opening set in 21 minutes.

In the second set Kyrgios managed to win 93% of his first service points as he found more consistency with his groundstrokes. This time it was the Australian who was showing variety with his shot-making and threatening to break Norrie’s serve. However the Brit held firm and won the crucial points to remain in the second set as he continued to make Kyrgios move around the court.

Eventually Norrie’s ability to dictate the pace of the match would pay off as the Brit broke Kyrgios in the ninth game with the Australian being tactically erratic with his decision-making. The Brit closed out the match in impressive fashion as he sealed a spot in the last eight in Atlanta.


Cameron Norrie [3] v Emil Ruusuvuori H2H & Match Fundamentals

Cameron Norrie [3] v Emil Ruusuvuori

H2H: Norrie leads 1-0  

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In the quarter-finals, Norrie will now take on Emil Ruusuvuori who benefited from a Benoit Paire retirement to reach the last eight.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Hard)

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Cameron Norrie (WR 29)

Emil Ruusuvuori (WR 78)

Tournament Previous Best

SF (2018, 2019)


1st Serve %



Service Games Won %



Break Points Saved %



2nd Serve Return Points Won %



Break Points Converted %



Norrie narrowly leads most of the statistics with Ruusuvuori needing to up his serving stats in particular if he wants to reach the semi-finals.


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Playing Styles and Prediction

The world number 78 has a game suited to fast hard courts as he is able to dictate points through other players’ pace and can dominate rallies from the baseline. Since reaching the fourth round at the Miami Open, Ruusuvuori hasn’t won back-to-back matches at an event until Atlanta this week which shows where his strengths really are.

Norrie will need to produce similar serving and returning stats against Ruusuvuori than he did against Kyrgios in his first match. The Brit’s form and confidence suggest that he should continue his winning form although Ruusuvuori has the game to give Norrie a proper test in the humid Atlanta conditions.

Prediction: Norrie in three sets.  


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