Cameron Norrie in the first round of the 2023 US Open, New York
Cameron Norrie in the first round of the 2023 US Open, New York | (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Zhuhai 2023 | Norrie looking to end poor run of form in Zhuhai against Polmans

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Cameron Norrie [2] v Marc Polmans [Q]
  • H2H: First Meeting
ZHUHAI, CHINA – Cameron Norrie is looking to end his poor run of form in Zhuhai when he takes on Marc Polmans in his opening round match.


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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Cameron Norrie [2] v Marc Polmans [Q] H2H: First Meeting
ATP Zhuhai 2023 Zhuhai, China
Hard (O) Prize Money: $17,230
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Cameron Norrie’s poor run of form with two defeats at Davis Cup and now the British number one looks to regain his form and confidence in Zhuhai against Marc Polmans.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2023)

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H2H: Cameron Norrie (WR 17) Marc Polmans (WR 152)
Tournament Previous Best R2 (2019) N/A
1st Serve % 64.9 64
Service Games Won % 79.7 82.7
Break Points Saved % 63.1 67.6
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 52.1 49.3
Break Points Converted % 40.9 39.1

Norrie will need to be efficient and aggressive on return in order to put Polmans’ impressive serving to the test.



Playing styles and prediction

Polmans enters in Zhuhai in good form having reached the final in the Guangzhou Challenger before failing to drop a set in qualifying. The Australian has an effective and consistent serve that allows him to be attacking and make charges towards the net as he looks to take advantage of Norrie’s lack of confidence.

Norrie will need to be aggressive on return as he looks to use depth and pace to mix up the speed of the rallies and force unforced errors from the Australian. Meanwhile Polmans will look to maintain a high percentage of first serves as he aims to come to the net to put Norrie under pressure. This will be another test to see where Norrie’s confidence is at and although this will be an awkward match, the Brit should edge to victory.

Prediction: Norrie in three sets.



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