Cameron Norrie in the first round of Wimbledon 2021, London, UK
Cameron Norrie in the first round of Wimbledon 2021, London, UK | (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Tennis | Wimbledon 2021 | Norrie battles back to edge out Pouille in tough opener, faces Bolt next

  • Cameron Norrie [29] def Lucas Pouille 6-7(6) 7-5 6-2 7-5
  • Norrie v Alex Bolt [WC] | H2H: First Meeting
LONDON, ENGLAND – Cameron Norrie came back from a set down to beat Lucas Pouille in four sets over two days and will now play wildcard Alex Bolt in the second round.


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Cameron Norrie [29] def Lucas Pouille 6-7(6) 7-5 6-2 7-5

Cameron Norrie was the fourth male British player to make the second round after a four set win over former quarter-finalist Lucas Pouille. This match was played over two days and on the first day the Brit made a quick start as he went up an early break. However in the sixth game Pouille broke back to love as the first set went to a tiebreak. The world number 95 came back from 4-2 and 6-4 down to take the tiebreak 8-6 as play was suspended due to a lack of light.

The next day Norrie continued where he left off with some entertaining rallies with Pouille as he looked to create more opportunities for the break. Meanwhile Pouille’s impressive serving and power play continued to frustrate Norrie in the crucial moments. After being denied the set in the tenth game after having three set points, the Brit didn’t waste his next opportunity as he broke to love to take the second set 7-5.

The 29th seed continued his momentum in the third set as he raised his level towards the end of the set, capitalising on some simple unforced errors from the Frenchman. Two consecutive breaks sealed a two sets to one lead for Norrie who looked like he had the match figured out.

However back came Pouille in the fourth set after some aggressive patterns of play sealed the break in the fifth game. There was some clutch serving from the Frenchman in the sixth game but Norrie responded well to break back at 4-4. After an exchange of breaks, Norrie held serve and then broke again to love to seal victory and a place in the second round.


Cameron Norrie [29] v Alex Bolt [WC] H2H & Match Fundamentals

Cameron Norrie [29] v Alex Bolt [WC]

H2H: First Meeting


London, England

Grass (O)

Prize Money: £75,000

First on Court 1, 11am BST

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Norrie will now face Australian wildcard Alex Bolt who had a day’s rest unlike Norrie.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Grass)

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Cameron Norrie (WR 34)

Alex Bolt (WR 149)

Tournament Previous Best

R2 (2019)

R1 (2018)

1st Serve %



Service Games Won %



Break Points Saved %



2nd Serve Return Points Won %



Break Points Converted %



Both players are statistically quite even on return but it’s the Brit who is much stronger when it comes to their own service games.


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Playing Styles and Prediction

Bolt has a fairly big serve and has big weapons especially on the forehand side but also lacks any consistency. The Australian is very comfortable on the surface however as he won the Nottingham challenger to earn his place into the main draw of Wimbledon.

Norrie’s returning is going to be key in this match especially in big moments. The Brit must not let the Australian dictate play otherwise it could be a long match for Norrie. An extra day will benefit Bolt but Norrie is one of the fittest guys on the tour and his confidence on serve should be enough to book a place in the third round.

Prediction: Norrie in four sets.  


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