By Ros Satar

  • Cameron Norrie v Stefanos Tsitsipas
  • H2H: First meeting
  • British No. 2 faces a tough task against the flamboyant Greek
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – Current British No. 2 Cameron Norrie made great progress last year and starts the new season Down Under at the popular team competition.

 

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Cameron Norrie v Stefanos Tsitsipas | First Meeting

After making some big waves on his Davis Cup debut, and clawing his way up the rankings to finish inside the Top 100, Cameron Norrie will follow fellow young Brit Katie Boulter on to court as Great Britain and Greece start the whole Hopman Cup shebang this year.

Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round of Roland Garros, Paris 2018

Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round of Roland Garros, Paris 2018 | ( CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

Having got in some solid off-season work, it is back to work with a bit of a bump as he faces Stefanos Tsitsipas, who made plenty of waves on his own. The charismatic Greek finished the year at quite a clip winning the ATP Next Gen title at the end of the year in Milan, and finished the year ranked No. 15 with a title to his name and a spot in two finals including the Canada Masters.

This is a tough ask for Norrie, who has the ability to do a bit of everything, and is generally solid off both wings with a decent serve that is functional, but not likely to be seen first and foremost as a weapon.

Tsitsipas has flair, and that recklessness of youth that sees him fling himself around a court – perhaps he ought to leave diving about on a hard court alone though. What Norrie has over the young and talented Greek is maybe a more steady temperament and on the whole has good court smarts.

We have seen it sometimes go awry though – he struggled in his opener in the Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan from a commanding position two sets up and he seemed to struggle to lock in to a Plan B against a player who had nothing to lose at that point, hitting free.

Tsitsipas has a pretty solid all-court game and a flashy single-handed backhand, and at this stage, has a bit more big match experience than the young Brit.

Prediction: Tsitsipas in straight sets.

 

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Norrie and Tsitsipas will follow the women’s match, not before 11:30am (3:30am GMT).

 

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