By Jake Davies

  • Cameron Norrie defeats Nick Kyrgios [2] 7-5 3-0 ret
  • Cameron Norrie vs Ryan Harrison
  • Norrie reaches his second ATP World Tour semi-final
ATLANTA, USA – Cameron Norrie progressed to the semi-final of the tournament in Atlanta after his opponent Nick Kyrgios was forced to retire due to a hip complaint.

 

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Cameron Norrie def. Nick Kyrgios [2] 7-5 3-0 RET

All seemed to be just fine for the World No.18 Nick Kyrgios as he was serving effectively and efficiently and when his serve is really in working order the rest of his game usually follows suit. The Australian generated two big break point chances in the fifth game of the 1st set, but it was at that sudden moment where the match really took a downward turn for the higher-ranked Australian, who was bidding to get into his second final at the tournament in Atlanta, having won the event back in 2016.

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Kyrgios called for the trainer to get his left hip manipulated, which has been an ongoing problem for Kyrgios during his last two seasons on tour and his level and mental application never really recovered from there. The Australian’s mind went for a bit of a wander and he started experimenting with different types of serves, imitating some of the great servers like Roger Federer, while Norrie was obviously focusing on what he needed to do well in order to win the match and claim another big scalp in his career.

Not only did Kyrgios’ mental application fade, but his shot selection went with it as he started to refuse to chase down makable tennis balls and really was unwilling to engage in any kind of rally with Norrie and that sealed his fate at the conclusion of the 1st set, where Norrie took the set on his second set point. Kyrgios then decided to play through a quick three games of the 2nd set before calling it quits and handing the retirement win to the British No.2 Norrie.

Norrie played a mostly sharp, focus and disciplined performance after facing the three break points in the opening set. He was solid from the back of the court and as discussed it was important for Norrie to expect the unexpected and really try to block out the capricious tactics from the other side of the court. Norrie was serving at a high 76% and was winning 85% of his first serve points and when you are producing numbers that high you give yourself every chance to compete against the best players in the world.

This is now Norrie’s second semi-final after making his first in Lyon earlier this year, but this achievement really emphasises the improvements Norrie has really made at this level. He now faces Ryan Harrison for a spot in the final.

 

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Cameron Norrie vs Ryan Harrison H2H: First meeting

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The semi-final will be a difficult one for Norrie, but it is also a winnable one. Harrison likes to hustle and compete strongly from the back of the court and will undoubtably make a lot of balls on a good day, but he also has very good feel in the forecourt and uses that to his advantage on many occasions. The top-spin forehand really can be a weapon for Harrison, but he is another player that can lose his focus and the negative body language really can affect his game in a bad way. Harrison had just outlasted the No.3 seed Hyeon Chung in a match that went to a third set tiebreak, but it was not the cleanest or most convincing of wins for Harrison, so maybe Norrie will fancy his chances of causing another storm in Atlanta.

Prediction: Norrie in three sets

 

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