Cameron Norrie in the second round of the 2020 US Open, New York, USA
Cameron Norrie in the second round of the 2020 US Open, New York, USA | (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Tennis | Roland Garros 2020 | Norrie faces lucky loser Galan to start his campaign while Broady makes main-draw debut

  • Cameron Norrie v Daniel Elahi Galan [LL] | First Meeting
  • Liam Broady [Q] v Jiri Vesely | First Meeting
PARIS, FRANCE – Cameron Norrie will look to put aside a disappointing US Open as he bids to better his record at Roland Garros while Liam Broady makes his main draw debut.


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Cameron Norrie v Daniel Elahi Galan [LL] | First Meeting

Cameron Norrie will start his Roland Garros campaign against Lucky Loser Daniel Elahi Galan after a US Open of missed opportunities. Norrie has at least picked up some clay in his shoes since returning from the US, losing in the first round of qualifying in Rome and picking up one win in the Forli challenger, and while clay is not necessarily his strongest surface, he can spring a few surprises on the dirt.

What Norrie can bring to the table is his Slam experience, as Galan makes just his second main-draw appearance, having battled through qualifying earlier this year to make the first round of the Australian Open.

However, Galan has played through three rounds of qualifying here, losing in his last round but getting another bite of the croissant and will have some idea of how these courts are playing (basically slow and heavy).

Galan has the look, feel and record of a typical South American clay-courter, and has a dominant forehand which he relies on. He has showed this year that he can adapt, making the final of the Newport beach Challenger on hard-courts.

Norrie’s all-around game stands in him good stead, but he needs to be able to do more. What was evident this year is that he has worked a lot on his movement, and in these tricky conditions, that fitness will be key in trying to keep his footing and throwing up a little bit of variety.

He should also take a lot of comfort from his performance against Diego Schwarzman in the first round of the US Open – he has the experience to tough out an opening win.

Prediction: Norrie in four sets.


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Liam Broady [Q] v Jiri Vesely | First Meeting

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After two stumbles in qualies, it was third time’s the charm for Liam Broady as he fought his way into the main draw of Roland Garros for the first time. It will have been useful acclimatisation for Broady, who had close score-lines and four tie-breaks to come through.

Facing him with be Jiri Vesely who has slipped a long way past his career best of 35, currently World No. 75. While Broady was a regular feature on the restart tournaments in the UK, Vesely was n Czech clay having had a fair start to the year winning the title in Pune in February but splitting his time between the tour and Challengers.

Vesely arrives in Paris having come through qualifying in Hamburg and picking up a main-draw win. The Czech is very much at home on the terre battue and has his most confident W-L record on the dirt, so it could be a tall ask for Broady to halt him in his opener.

Prediction: Vesely in straight sets.

Broady & Vesely are scheduled on Court 10 not before 2pm (1pm BST) followed by Norrie & Galan, not before 4pm (3pm BST).


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