Cameron Norrie in the quarter-final of the 2021 Delray Beach Open, USA
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 at Delray Beach Tennis Center on January 11, 2021 in Delray Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Murray River Open 2021 | Cameron Norrie v Tommy Paul | Preview & Prediction

  • Cameron Norrie v Tommy Paul [15]
  • H2H: Paul leads 1-0 (Challenger)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Cameron Norrie opens his ATP Murray River Open campaign against No. 15 seed Tommy Paul.


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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Cameron Norrie v Tommy Paul [15] H2H: Paul leads 1-0 (Challenger)
ATP 250: Murray River Open R1 Melbourne, Australia
Hard (O) Prize Money: $2500
Second on Court 14

Not before 12pm (1am GMT)

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Preview: Cameron Norrie v Tommy Paul [15] | H2H: Paul leads 1-0 (Challenger)

It was a solid start to the year for Cameron Norrie as he made his way to the semi-finals of Delray Beach. Ironically both he and Tommy Paul have the dubious distinction of being dispatched by eventual finalist Sebastian Korda.

Norrie made the most of the time offered by the various iterations of The Battle of the Brits to get some play in, and has looked to work on several aspects of his game – his movement being the most notable.

He has been on the losing end of some real heartbreakers over the past couple of years, and hopefully he has turned a corner, and with Kyle Edmund’s prolonged injury woes, the chance to make a dent in that lead must be a real possibility for him.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021)

H2H: Tommy Paul [15] (53) Cameron Norrie (67)
1st Serve % 65 61
Service Games Won % 74 80
Break Points Saved % 33 67
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 47 57
Break Points Converted % 35 46


Playing Styles

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In general, Paul has done well with his movement and an attacking forehand to get him some solid results but unlike his compatriots, his serve is not generally regarded as an extra weapon in the armoury.

Likewise, Norrie has a little bit of everything in his kit-bag with a nicely disguisable forehand and a very effective backhand with an added twist of leftiness for extra trickery.

He does favour his backhand and more importantly has a pretty even temperament out on the court and will be able to match Paul in terms of speed around the court.



Just by virtue of having played a little more in the season opener, Norrie proved to be a bit sharper in attacking weak second serves coming at him, and in converting his break point chances when they present themselves.

If he can get off to a good start, this is very winnable for the Brit.

Prediction: Norrie in three sets.

Norrie and Paul are scheduled second on Court 14 not before 12pm (1am GMT).


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