By Ros Satar

  • Cameron Norrie def. Wu Di [WC] 6-2 6-2
  • Norrie faces No. 3 seed Borna Coric in the second round
  • Coric leads H2H 1-0 (Futures, 2013)
SHENZHEN, CHINA – Cameron Norrie has come on in leaps and bounds as he faces No. 3 seed Borna Coric in the second round in Shenzhen

 

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Cameron Norrie def. Wu Di [WC] 6-2 6-2

The British No. 2 Cameron Norrie, fresh off helping Team GB secure its seeding for the new Davis Cup qualification rounds in February, started his campaign In Shenzhen confidently. Taking on wild-card Wu Di, he put the home player under immediate pressure with a break point in the first game, but made his breakthrough a few games later with two straight breaks on the way to serving out the first set.

Norrie made his move a lot earlier in the second set, breaking before the first change-over, breaking once more in the penultimate game, before a brief flurry of resistance from the home-crowd favourite as he brought up two break points as Norrie served for the match. The Brit took it on his first match-point.

 

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Norrie v Borna Coric [3] | H2H: Coric leads 1-0 (Futures, 2013)

It will be a very different encounter for Norrie as he faces the No. 3 seed Borna Coric, who will be coming in to the second round with the benefit of a bye. Coric’s highlights of the year include the semi-final in Indian Wells, quarter-final in Miami, and the title in Halle. His US swing saw a fourth round run at the US Open, and he too comes into the Asian swing off the back of a couple of solid Davis Cup wins, including that five set thriller against Frances Tiafoe to help put Croatia in the finals.

Having just cracked the Top 20 this month, it is fair to say that his confidence is on the rise, and is solid from the back of the court with a steady, compact game. While he might not have a real go-to shot, his movement is great and he can switch from defence to attack with ease. He has the legs to make Norrie hurt out on the court, and as we saw at the Davis Cup, Norrie’s surprising lack of variety can be his undoing.

Prediction: Coric in straight sets.

 

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