Cameron Norrie in the first round of the 2021 Australian Open
Cameron Norrie in the first round of the 2021 Australian Open | (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP San Diego | Norrie knocks out top seed Rublev to set up Ruud clash for San Diego title

  • Cameron Norrie def Andrey Rublev [1] 3-6 6-3 6-4
  • Norrie v Casper Ruud [2] | H2H: First meeting
SAN DIEGO, USA – Cameron Norrie is into the San Diego final after edging out top seed Andrey Rublev in three sets to set up a meeting with Casper Ruud in Sunday’s showpiece match.  


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Cameron Norrie is into his fifth ATP final of the season after earning one of the best wins of his season by knocking out Andrey Rublev in three sets. It was the world number five who controlled the match early on though and some powerful forehands on the run saw him break for a 3-1 lead in the opening set.

Norrie tried to use some angled forehands to catch Rublev off-guard but the Russian continued his consistently powerful hitting and had three chances to earn a double break lead. However the Brit prevented a double break deficit and despite raising his level on return towards the end of the set, Norrie couldn’t break the Russian as an ace on a third set point sealed the first set.

In the second set Norrie once again faced early pressure from the Rublev forehand as there seemed to be no way past it as he was once again forced to save three break points in the third game. But after holding in that game, Norrie switched up tactics using the slice to neutralise the Russian’s power and targeting his backhand to hit aggressive shots from short balls. On his first break point of the match Norrie pounced to take a 3-1 lead and continued to build with angled shots to the backhand. After fending off more Rublev pressure, Norrie converted his fourth set point to level the match at one set all.

The quality of the final set was insane with Rublev’s attacking firepower going toe-to-toe with Norrie’s resilient defence. It was the Brit’s defence that would win that battle in the third game as a scrambling backhand volley was too deep for Rublev to make a winner as he took a 2-1 lead. No other break points created and despite some aggressive Rublev returning in the sixth game, Norrie sealed victory with a forehand winner to reach his fifth ATP final of the season and his second on a hard court.


Cameron Norrie v Casper Ruud [2] H2H & Match Fundamentals

Cameron Norrie v Casper Ruud [2]

H2H: First meeting  

ATP San Diego

San Diego, USA

Hard (O)

Prize Money: $54,355/$92,515

Second on Barnes Stadium (Not before midnight BST)

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Norrie will look to win his second title of the season when he takes on second seed Casper Ruud who is also into his fifth final of the season after a hard-fought victory over Grigor Dimitrov.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Hard)

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Cameron Norrie (WR 28)

Casper Ruud (WR 10)

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All of Norrie’s stats have improved since the start of the tournament but will need to raise his game on serve if he wants to win a second title of the season.


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Playing Styles and Prediction

Just like Norrie, Ruud is into his fifth final of the season having reached his previous four finals on clay. Unlike Norrie though, the Norwegian has won his previous four finals and will look to use that experience matched with incredible baseline play from the back of the court to his advantage.

This match-up will see similar styles going up against each other with both displaying great power and defensive skills from the back of the court. The calibre of opposition that Norrie has beaten this week will give him confidence that he can win this match but this will be no easy task given how difficult it has been to break the Norwegian down in San Diego so far.

Prediction: Norrie in three sets.   


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