Cameron Norrie in the quarter-final of the 2021 Barcelona Open, Spain
Cameron Norrie in the quarter-final of the 2021 Barcelona Open, Spain | (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Estoril 2021 | Cameron Norrie downs Cilic to bid for a first ATP title

  • Cameron Norrie def Marin Cilic [6] 7-6(5) 7-5
  • Faces Albert Ramos-Vinolas for the title
ESTORIL, PORTUGAL – Cameron Norrie claimed another upset as he defeated the No. 6 seed Marin Cilic and faces Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the final.


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Cameron Norrie def Marin Cilic [6] 7-6(5) 7-5

British No. 2 Cameron Norrie kept his giant-killing reputation intact as he beat No. 6 seed Marin Cilic in two tough sets to book a spot in the Estoril final. Norrie faced a barrage of aces and had to come from a break down in the first set, drawing level and forcing a tie-break. Having gone down a mini-break, Norrie stayed patient before edging the tie-break to take the first set.

In a tight second set, both players had chances to break for an advantage before Norrie broke in the final game to book a spot in the final.


Cameron Norrie v Albert Ramos-Vinolas H2H & Match Fundamentals

Cameron Norrie v Albert Ramos-Vinolas [7] H2H: Ramos-Vinolas leads 2-0
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Next up for Norrie is the No. 7 seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas who leads their head to head 2-0, with both wins having come on clay.

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

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H2H: Cameron Norrie (WR 50) Albert Ramos-Vinolas (WR 46)
Tournament Previous Best R2 (2018) R1 (2015, 2018)
1st Serve % 65.8 64.5
Service Games Won % 86.5 77
Break Points Saved % 70 58.5
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 53.8 54
Break Points Converted % 37.3 47.6

Looking at their clay court starts for this year, Norrie leads the way with more effective serving, and is far more solid behind his serve and getting out of trouble on his serve.

There is little to separate them in taking advantage of second serves in return games, but Ramos-Vinolas has been far more steady in converting his break point chances.


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Playing Styles & Prediction

The Spaniard is often overlooked among his compatriots but plays a predominantly baseline game and uses his heavy topspin to counterpunch his opponents into the ground. He is effective with the forehand to move opponents around and us solid off both wings, but he can be prone to errors.

Up against Norrie, he is going to be taken all the way with gruelling rallies. Certainly this season, Norrie has been the better bet to come out of long rallies with the point – he seems to particularly relish those, and his movement has been exemplary.

That being said, even if Norrie can coax Ramos-Vinolas off the baseline – the Spaniard is equally adept at the net.

However, there is a feeling that this is a far more accomplished Norrie on the dirt these days. He will need to play out of his skin and has had some tough matches to get here, and this title match could be a real treat.

Prediction: Norrie in three sets.


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