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 Tokyo 2023 | Norrie looking to recover from Shanghai setback against Fritz in Tokyo opener

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Cameron Norrie v Taylor Fritz [1]
  • H2H: Tied at 6-6
TOKYO, JAPAN – Cameron Norrie is looking to recover from his opening round exit in Shanghai when he takes on top seed Taylor Fritz in his opening round match in Tokyo.

 

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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Cameron Norrie v Taylor Fritz [1] H2H: Tied at 6-6
ATP Tokyo 2023 Tokyo, Japan
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After another early exit in Shanghai, Cameron Norrie is looking to end his Asian swing on a positive note as he takes on top seed Taylor Fritz in his Tokyo opener.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2023)

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H2H: Cameron Norrie (WR 18) Taylor Fritz (WR 10)
Tournament Previous Best N/A Champion (2022)
1st Serve % 65 59.4
Service Games Won % 79.8 85.8
Break Points Saved % 63.8 65.1
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 52 51.7
Break Points Converted % 40.9 43.7

Norrie will need to be aggressive on serve if he wants to win this match given Fritz’s attacking play on break point opportunities.

 

 

Playing styles and prediction

After a good tournament at the US Open where he reached the quarter-finals, Fritz struggled in Shanghai falling to a three set defeat to Diego Schwartzman. Now the American will look to improve his form at the place where he won the title last year as he has a place in the ATP Finals in his sights.

Norrie will look to aggressive on serve as well as using depth and power to gain consistency on the forehand as he looks to put Fritz’s baseline game to the test. Meanwhile Fritz looks to use his power and serving accuracy to test Norrie’s returning confidence as he aims to produce passive shot-making from the Brit. The performance is the most important thing for Norrie as he looks to build morale heading into next season.

Prediction: Fritz in straight sets.

 

 

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