DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA - JANUARY 11: Cameron Norrie of Great Britain returns the shot to Frances Tiafoe of the United States during the Quarterfinals of the Delray Beach Open by Vitacost.com at Delray Beach Tennis Center on January 11, 2021 in Delray Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Tennis | ATP Estoril 2021 | Cameron Norrie v Joao Sousa [WC] Preview & Prediction
Sousa has been toiling in qualies on the clay and has yet to pick up a main draw win on the clay so far this year. On the other hand, Norrie came to the dirt and showed absolutely no signs of rust, reaching the quarter-finals and looking very assured indeed and his stats outstrip Sousa in all but one area – albeit marginally in terms of digging into his opponents second serves.
Norrie is steady and consistent, and nowadays, in the long and gruelling rallies that clay courts kick up, you would put your last dime on him to come out on top. The hotter and claggier the conditions, the more it seems to suit the Brit.
His movement and gritty determination to track everything down all day long is really beginning to pay dividends.
Sousa tends to base his game on his serve and forehand and to be fair, at his best he too was a steady and consistent player who will hang in a point and has been noted he can be mentally tough.
On paper this is very much Norrie’s to lose – he has the form coming into this, but on home soil even in these times, an inspired Sousa will put up a fight.
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