British No. 2 Cameron Norrie earned the first top five victory of his career as he beat an out-of-sorts Dominic Thiem in straight sets. It was the perfect start for the Brit as he used his firing forehand to dictate points and overpower the Austrian early as he took a 4-1 lead. There was a lack of confidence from Thiem on return who won only nine of 45 return points in the whole match. Norrie didn’t mind that too much though as he confidently served out the first set to love.
The second set was more of the same as Norrie’s defensive skills were too good as the top seed could not overpower the Brit. Two consecutive breaks in third and fifth games were enough for the world number 49 to earn the best win of his career.
Cameron Norrie v Arthur Rinderknech [LL] H2H & Match Fundamentals
The key area for this match will definitely be the first serve percentage for Norrie as Rinderknech doesn’t often need his second serve. However the stats also suggest that the Brit is much better off the return than his French opponent and will need to use his confidence on return to take his chances.
The Frenchman is coming off the back of the biggest win of his career having beaten one of the most in-form players this season in Jannik Sinner. Rinderknech has a big serve and likes to dictate points off his forehand side which can produce a lot of winners.
However there were a few times where Rinderknech got tight in the big points and that is something Norrie will look to exploit when it comes to tomorrow. It will ultimately come down to how much energy the big Frenchman will have and tomorrow might be a step too far against a confident player like Norrie is right now.
Prediction: Norrie in three sets.
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