By Ros Satar

  • Cameron Norrie def. Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-2
  • Faces No. 2 seed Diego Schwartzman in the second round
ANTWERP, BELGIUM – Cameron Norrie made his debut in some style as he eased past Spain’s Marcel Granollers to set up a clash with the No. 2 seed Diego Schwartzman.

 

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Cameron Norrie def. Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-2

It perhaps a fitting reflection of where these two players are in reality as opposed to their rankings just eight places apart. British No. 2 Cameron Norrie was quick to hand down a lesson to the former Top 20 player Spaniard Marcel Granollers. Quick off the mark, Norrie went 2-0 up but found himself pegged back by the tour veteran. Norrie waited out his time before breaking towards the end of the set and serving out for a 1-0 lead.

It was a similar story in the second set with Norrie proving the stronger at the start and the end of the set as the Spaniard went down with very little fight. Norrie’s serve held him in good stead and actually gave Granollers a run for his money at the net.

 

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Norrie v Diego Schwartzman [2] | First meeting

Diego Schwartzman in the third round of Roland Garros, 2018

Diego Schwartzman in the third round of Roland Garros, 2018 | (ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

It is a first-time meeting for Norrie once more as he takes on the second seed Diego Schwartzman. The diminutive Argentine has won many hearts and minds against bigger servers and guys with a lot more firepower but somehow manages to run them down for some solid results that saw him tantalisingly close to breaking the World Top 10 this year.

Not surprisingly his best surface is clay, but he has had good results here in Antwerp where the (lack of) speed of the court maybe plays to his clay court strengths. What he will face with the Brit will be a solid serve and ground-strokes with a fair bit of punch coming from the other side of the net.

Despite reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open the rest of the Argentine’s time on hard courts have not been too strong with a couple of losses back to back in Asia – Schwartzman will be keen to stop the rot with a win.

What was pleasing was Norrie at the net – and that maybe be key to combat Schwartzman’s slightly more nippy ability. Schwartzman has a lot more experience on the tour than Norrie, but if the Brit can bring the same level of intensity that he displayed against Granollers, we ought to be in for a competitive encounter.

Prediction: Schwartzman in three sets.

Norrie & Schwartzman are scheduled on Centre Court, not before 2pm (1pm BST).

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