Cameron Norrie in the second round of the 2023 US Open
Cameron Norrie in the second round of the 2023 US Open | (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Shanghai 2023 | Norrie aiming to find positives against Wolf in Shanghai opener

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Cameron Norrie [15] v J.J. Wolf
  • H2H: First Meeting
SHANGHAI, CHINA – Cameron Norrie is looking for some positives as he aims to end his losing streak against J.J. Wolf in Shanghai.

 

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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Cameron Norrie [15] v J.J. Wolf H2H: First Meeting
ATP Shanghai 2023 Shanghai, China
Hard (O) Prize Money: $30,855
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After losing a tight match to Andrey Rublev in Beijing, Cameron Norrie is searching for some positives ahead of the end to an underwhelming season as he takes on J.J. Wolf in Shanghai.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2023)

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H2H: Cameron Norrie (WR 16) J.J. Wolf (WR 51)
Tournament Previous Best R2 (2019) N/A
1st Serve % 64.9 58.2
Service Games Won % 80.1 82
Break Points Saved % 63.3 64.8
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 52 50.8
Break Points Converted % 41 45.2

Norrie will look remain consistently aggressive on serve as he takes on the powerful and clinical returning of Wolf.

 

 

Playing styles and prediction

Wolf’s form has dipped in recent weeks since reaching the semi-finals in Atlanta as the American is on the verge of ending the season in the world’s top 50. Now Wolf will look to use his big serve and forehand in order to take advantage of the faster courts in Shanghai and add further question marks over Norrie’s form.

Norrie will look to be more aggressive on the backhand and will aim to be less predictable on the forehand as the return will be the key to victory for the Brit. Meanwhile Wolf will look to accelerate the speed of the rallies with the forehand as he looks for depth to ensure Norrie is more passive from the baseline. This will be a tough match for Norrie as a win is needed for both players given their recent form.

Prediction: Wolf in three sets.

 

 

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