Cameron Norrie produced an impressive performance to gain his first win since Wimbledon after beating Alexander Shevchenko in straight sets. The 16th seed was on a four match losing streak heading into this match but showed no signs of vulnerability in this match as he hammered down the winners early on. The Brit produced confident returning as he broke in the second game and consolidated for an early 3-0 lead.
Despite the lead, the opening set was not guaranteed as Shevchenko grew into the match and gained confidence on the Brit’s serve. The world number 83 returned well but not consistently enough to trouble Norrie until the ninth game when the Brit served for the set. In previous weeks, Norrie had faltered at this stage and his nerves were there for all to see as he hit a few loose unforced errors. However Norrie held his nerve in what could be the most important hold of serve of his season as he won the first set 6-3.
That hold of serve at the end of the opening set was the confidence boost Norrie needed as the Brit continued to be threatening on return as he created five break points in the second set. The Brit converted two of them to take the second set 6-2 but what was more impressive was Norrie’s efficiency on serve as he only dropped three points after a tough second game.
After being broken at the start of the third set, Shevchenko started to go after his shots a bit more as he produced consistent depth to trouble Norrie. The Brit was forced to save Shevchenko’s only break point of the day in the second game before sealing the crucial blow in the seventh game with another break of serve.
A confident and reassured performance was sealed with a hold to love as he booked his place into the second round and ended his recent losing streak.
Cameron Norrie  v Yu Hsiou Hsu [Q] | H2H & Match Fundamentals
Norrie will look to continue to be aggressive as Hsu has been clinical on break points this season and will favour the faster conditions.
Playing Styles and Prediction
Hsu’s run to the US Open main draw has come out of nowhere as the 24 year-old had lost seven of his last nine matches before qualifying. However the world number 237 has gained confidence from qualifying for the US Open and now looks to capitalise on what is a lifechanging last week for the player from Chinese Taipei.
Norrie will look to continue to be aggressive and continue to dominate on serve as he looks to neutralise Hsu’s returning quality. Meanwhile the world number 237 will look to use depth and his agility to extend the rallies, forcing Norrie into unforced errors. It will take Norrie time to adapt to an unfamiliar opponent but the Brit should comfortably reach the third round unless he suffers a big dip in form.
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