Cameron Norrie in the second round at Roland Garros 2022. Paris, France
Cameron Norrie in the second round at Roland Garros 2022. Paris, France | (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Eastbourne 2022 | Norrie searches for grass court form against Nakashima in Eastbourne opener

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Cameron Norrie [1] v Brandon Nakashima [Q]
  • H2H: Tied at 1-1
EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND – Cameron Norrie searches for grass court form ahead of Wimbledon and first up for Norrie in Eastbourne is Brandon Nakashima.

 

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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Cameron Norrie [1] v Brandon Nakashima [Q] H2H: Tied at 1-1
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Cameron Norrie looks to get his grass court season back on track after an early defeat at Queen’s Club to Grigor Dimitrov and first up for Norrie is Brandon Nakashima who only lost four games against Jay Clarke in his Eastbourne opener.  

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2022)

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H2H: Cameron Norrie (WR 12) Brandon Nakashima (WR 54)
Tournament Previous Best QF (2018) N/A
1st Serve % 66.5 63.7
Service Games Won % 79.6 82.3
Break Points Saved % 60.3 61.7
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 53.1 50.8
Break Points Converted % 41.4 41.5

There’s not much to separate the two players in terms of statistics with Norrie having the slight advantage in most of them heading into this match.

 

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Playing styles and prediction

Nakashima has had a disappointing season up until this point but has stepped up his game on the grass courts so far. The American gave Andy Murray a tough test in Surbiton and has beaten Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson to qualify for Eastbourne and will look to build on that form heading into Wimbledon.

Norrie will need to serve well and be consistently aggressive as he looks to dictate the play against a player like Nakashima who can turn defence into attack effectively. This should be a tough test for the top seed and an indicator of his confidence on grass heading into Wimbledon next week.

Prediction: Norrie in three sets.

 

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