It has been a while since this pair have met over a net, back in the Futures and plenty has happened since then. While Cameron Norriehas worked his way up the rankings, Constant Lestienne blotted his copybook with a seven-month suspension for gambling on tennis matches and a hefty $10,000 fine with half the ban suspended and the fine halved if he helped the Tennis Integrity Unit.
Norrie started the year well reaching the Delray Beach semi-final, and has gotten some decent match wins in, not least of which beating British No. 1 Dan Evans in the opening round of the Australian Open and worked hard to come through Rotterdam qualifying before bowing out in the second round.
Lestienne plies his trade mainly on the Challengers with the qualifying rounds for the Australian Open and his rounds in Marseille as his only main-tour outings, and a couple of quarter-finals in Quimper and Cherbourg.
Experience shows, with Norrie looking better on paper in all aspects expect perhaps deflecting break-points against him, where perhaps Lestienne has proved to be the more clutch player, and the Frenchman looks to have been a little sharper on his returns and turning around his own chances.
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Norrie has improved an already complete and capable game over the years, as he has gained more experience on the tour. He moves well, with a big takeback on his forehand and a shorter but deceptive backhand that is just as effective. Add to that some tricky leftie serving, and he has a little bit of everything that works well as a whole.
He certainly should be able to get on the end of the somewhat shaky Lestienne returns – the Frenchman’s serve is not the best, but he will test Norrie’s wheels as he likes nothing better than drop-shotting his opponents.
You would have to say that the momentum now is with Norrie, who is getting some very solid match time against quality opponents already this year. Lestienne can probably frustrate him a bit though with slicey forehands in the mix as well, nut Norrie is a fair more grounded player mentally and should be able to handle it.
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