By Ros Satar

  • Cameron Norrie [LL] v Hyeon Chung [8]
  • First meeting
DELRAY BEACH, USA – Britain’s Cameron Norrie comes into the draw as a lucky loser, and draws Hyeon Chung in the Korean’s first match since reaching the Australian Open semi-final.

 

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Cameron Norrie [LL] v Hyeon Chung [8] | First meeting

Britain’s Davis Cup hero Cameron Norrie gets a second crack of the whip at the Delray Beach Open despite losing in qualies – as he picks up a lucky loser spot. His reward? He gets to meet another sensation in Hyeon Chung, who battled his way to the Australian Open semi-final before having to retire with bleeding blisters against eventual champion Roger Federer.

Norrie, who stunned the Spanish team with his performance when he beat Roberto Bautista Agut to help level the tie in a five-setter on a surface he had barely played on.

Back on hard courts, and having got the better of compatriot Liam Broady after losing to him last week, Norrie gets to test his metal against one of the Next Gen that is worth watching.

Hyeon Chung in the quarter-final of the Australian Open, 2018

Hyeon Chung in the quarter-final of the Australian Open, 2018 | (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

Chung out Djokovic-ed Novak Djokovic in playing a aggressive game from the baseline, and his court coverage was superb. However this is his first outing since then, while Norrie at least has a little more match-sharpness in his legs.

There is no doubt though that Chung’s star is on the rise and this year will be very exciting to watch his progress, but things also seem to have aligned for Norrie. He works hard and this is a great shot for him. If Chung comes into this just a little bit rusty, the he could be there for the taking, but the Next Gen champion is likely to make him work for it.

Possibly a tough ask for the Brit but an excellent opportunity to measure himself against one of the best players so far this year.

Prediction: Chung in three sets.

 

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