By Jake Davies

  • Cameron Norrie defeats Maximilian Marterer 6-1, 6-4
  • Cameron Norrie vs John Isner [2]
LYON, FRANCE – Cameron Norrie moves into a first ever ATP quarter-final after beating Germany’s Maximilian Marterer in straight sets and now plays Miami champion John Isner.

 

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Cameron Norrie defeats Maximilan Marterer 6-1 6-4

Cameron Norrie advanced to the quarter-finals of the Lyon Open as he beat the World No.69 Maximilian Marterer in straight sets. The British No.3 could not really put a foot wrong in the opening set as he was the one making the bigger plays with his left-handed serve and was setting the tone early on in the rally.

Marterer never really played to his full potential on serve and only managed to hold serve once in the opening set as Norrie got better at the closing stages of the set, winning 14 of the last 15 points and did not look out of place in playing someone ranked a lot higher than him.

The first six games of the second set saw comfortable holds of serve from both players, but Norrie then salvaged the opening break of the set in the seventh game and finished the job with what was a very convincing victory and one where he did not face a single break point in the whole contest.

 

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Norrie vs John Isner [2] H2H: First meeting

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Norrie now goes on to play the very experienced John Isner in the quarter-finals. This represents a massive challenge for Norrie, who has gained in experience and confidence at this level, but he will attempt to beat a Top-10 player for the first time and he also has never featured in an ATP quarter-final before this match.

Isner naturally has an edge because of the way he has played during 2018, where he won his first Masters title in Miami and he has started winning those tight matches after a dismal run of losing many matches deep into a thirdset tiebreak.

The quicker clay actually helps Isner out quite a bit as he can use the surface like a hard court, which gives him more pop on the serve. The question is how Norrie handles the occasion and whether he can make enough of an impact on Isner’s serve. We know Isner will serve at a high percentage at high velocity, but Norrie has to show his authority against a very poor Isner return of serve.

Prediction: Isner in two tight sets.

Norrie and Isner are scheduled on Court Central at 11am (10am BST).

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