Cameron Norrie reached the second round of Wimbledon after easing past Pablo Andujar in a rain delayed contest. Norrie set the tempo and pace in the opening set as he dictated points with terrific mixture of angles and depth to expose Andujar’s lack of fluidity on the grass courts.
The Brit continued to use his power as the Spaniard produced a run of unforced errors to show his lack of grass court tennis. Norrie won all six games of the opening set as he raced to the opening set in 24 minutes. In the second set, Andujar took advantage of some loose points from the ninth seed as he produced a world-class passing shot to break in the opening game. That’s when the first rain delay happened and players had to wait 90 minutes before returning.
Upon return, Norrie eventually found his groove and played cleaner tennis gradually breaking down the Spaniard’s game. Norrie broke back for 2-2 and continued to dictate the rallies on his serve as he efficiently and effectively finished points with ease. Despite his dominance on serve, the Brit couldn’t punish Andujar on returned and the Spaniard did well to neutralise the points and forced a second set tiebreak.
The Brit won the important points though as he found some incredible shots in the right moments to secure the tiebreak and take a two sets to love lead. Norrie continued the momentum into the third set where he played some consistent tennis to break to love for a 2-1 lead. Norrie was forced to save break point in the sixth game as the Spaniard upped the aggression but the ninth seed held for a 4-2.
Just when Norrie was about to seal victory, the rain intervened again and the Brit was forced to wait another couple of hours. However wait successfully he did and the ninth seed broke again on his third attempt to seal the win and a place in the second round.
After the match in his press conference, Norrie admitted he is taking it match by match and not thinking about reaching the second week, “I think I’m just trying to take it match by match. It would be nice to do that. It’s a big goal of mine for this year to reach the second week for the first time,” Norrie said.
“I think coming off that match, great to get a lot of time on the match court, and it was a good matchup for me. I think I got a lot of things I can improve on in my performance. I’m more looking forward to getting back on the practice court tomorrow to work on a few things and fine-tune a few things. But feeling great. Don’t see why not, why I can’t reach the second week. There’s still a lot of tennis to be played, a lot of execution and big moments to get through in order to do that.”
Cameron Norrie  v Jaume Munar H2H & Match Fundamentals
Munar has delivered a good amount of wins on clay court challengers recently and will be satisfied with his performance in his five set defeat to Diego Schwartzman at Roland Garros. However Munar is yet to feel comfortable with playing on grass and this is still unfamiliar surface for his gamestyle.
Norrie will look to be consistent with his return and dictate the tempo of the rallies against the Spaniard. The Brit will be comfortable with the long rallies and will look to force errors out of Munar’s game and produce a similar level to the one against Andujar. Norrie’s variety and movement should be too much for the Spaniard to handle especially over a five set format.
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