Norrie will look to be more consistent on return as he is proven throughout the season that he can be a clinical returner but now needs to show consistency against an effective server like Monfils.
Playing styles and prediction
After suffering an injury at Roland Garros, Monfils is back on the tour and back in form having gained some valuable wins over Alexander Bublik and Stefanos Tsitsipas. As a result, the Frenchman reached the last eight in Toronto last week and will now look to carry the momentum into Cincinnati as he looks to get his ranking back up into the world’s top 100.
Norrie will look to be consistent and aggressive as he will look to use depth to neutralise Monfils’ explosive power from the baseline. Meanwhile the Frenchman will look to use the angles and create shorter balls on his forehand side in order to hit flawless winners. This is a worse possible match for the Brit given his current form as he would want to ease his way and gradually build up his confidence. However a win here could signal the start of a momentum shift in his season ahead of an important two weeks at the US Open.
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