British No. 2 Cameron Norrie made short shrift of the former home-grown champion Joao Sousa, as he continued his strong run of form since his first outing on clay last week. The first set was a breeze for Norrie who took command of the set with three breaks in a row, despite having had to save a break point in his first service game at the start of the set.
Sousa again had a chance to start the set breaking the Brit, and again Norrie held him at bay, before breaking for another lead. It was a more competitive set from Sousa, who just surrendered the one break, but it was enough to send Norrie into the second round, comfortably.
Cameron Norrie v Pedro Martinez [Q] H2H & Match Fundamentals
Cameron Norrie v Pedro Martinez [Q]
H2H: First Meeting
Prize Money: €9,000
Scheduled first on Estadio Millenium, at 10:30 BST
Norrie comes off just a little weaker on taking advantage on second serves, but in all other aspects as you would expect it is once more a match that he is expected to win, ranked 50 places above Martinez.
Norrie might actually meet his match in terms of tenacity in the longer rallies against Martinez, who of course has qualifying matches under his belt too.
The Spaniard has a decent serve and will to drive play from the baseline, but if anything will probably sit back a little and hope for Norrie to make mistakes. However, he is up against a metronomically consistent player, who has worked a lot on his already good movement.
Expect Norrie to mix things up a lot, coming in behind his serve and trying to dislodge the Spaniard from his baseline perch.
Prediction: Norrie in three sets.
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