Cameron Norrie in the ATP Delray Beach 2022 quarter-final
Cameron Norrie in the ATP Delray Beach 2022 quarter-final | (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Delray Beach 2022 | Norrie edges out Korda in redemption win, faces Paul in semis

  • Cameron Norrie [1] def Sebastian Korda [5] 6-2 1-6 7-6(4)
  • Norrie v Tommy Paul [4] | H2H: Tied at 1-1
DELRAY BEACH, USA – Cameron Norrie earned a hard-fought redemption win over Sebastian Korda in Delray Beach to reach his first ATP semi-final of the season where he faces Tommy Paul.


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Cameron Norrie [1] def Sebastian Korda [5] 6-2 1-6 7-6(4)

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Cameron Norrie is into his first ATP tour semi-final of the season after a last set tiebreak victory over Sebastian Korda in Delray Beach. The Brit earned redemption for his defeat to the American at the Australian Open last month. Norrie was the more aggressive of the two players early on as he created break points in his opening two return games.

Despite being unable to make the breakthrough Norrie would reel off two consecutive breaks in a row with some deep powerful backhands in all areas of the court. The Brit was also relentless on serve as he easily closed out the opening set in 38 minutes.

However that opening set seemed to fire up Korda’s game as the American produced more attacking tennis on return in the second set. The American came into the net a lot more often and produced clever shot-making as Korda broke in the second and sixth games to comprehensively take the second set and force a deciding set.

Large spells of  the match were uncompetitive but that was further from the truth in the deciding sets as both players traded brutal rallies and played some of their best tennis of the match. Most of the deciding set saw both players comfortably hold their serve until a forehand volley winner sealed the break for Korda in the ninth game as he looked to close the match out.

But Korda lacked composure when the pressure was on and in the next game, the American hit a double fault to hand Norrie the break back for 5-5. In the end the match would go to a last set tiebreak and it was the Brit who remained the more consistent of the two players and forehand unforced error sealed the win for the Indian Wells champion. Norrie will now play his first semi-final of the season after an underwhelming start to 2022.


 Cameron Norrie [1] v Tommy Paul [4]  H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Cameron Norrie [1] v Tommy Paul [4]

H2H: Tied at 1-1

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Norrie will face Tommy Paul in the semi-finals with the Brit winning their last meeting at Indian Wells.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2022 – Hard)


Cameron Norrie (WR 13)

Tommy Paul (WR 41)

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The one area where Norrie will need to be wary of is Paul’s break point conversion as the American has been clinical when it comes to converting his opportunities.


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Playing Styles and Prediction

The American has recently broken through the top 50 in a row after winning Stockholm at the end of last year beating the likes of Taylor Fritz, Andy Murray, Frances Tiafoe and Denis Shapovalov. Paul has a big game with consistency that can trouble any player on his day.

Just like against Korda, Norrie will have to remain consistently aggressive both on return and serve as well as trying different angles to hurt the American. Paul is a clinical player so the match could be won and lost on who is the better player under pressure and as Norrie proved in his last match, he is composed under pressure. A big opportunity awaits the winner to reach their first final of the season.

Prediction: Norrie in three sets.   



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