By Alessandro Mastroluca
- Cameron Norrie [WC] v Adrian Mannarino | Norrie leads H2H 2-0
- Kyle Edmund v Feliciano Lopez | Edmund leads H2H 1-0
ACAPULCO, MEXICO – Cameron Norrie will aim to defend last year’s semifinal opening his campaign in Acapulco meeting Adrian Mannarino, Kyle Edmund will face Feliciano Lopez
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Cameron Norrie [WC] v Adrian Mannarino | Norrie leads H2H 2-0
Coming off a second-round defeat as a qualifier in Delray Beach to the Tour-level debutante Brandon Nakashima, the World No.60 Cameron Norrie will is back in Acapulco for the third time in his career, aiming to defend last year’s semifinal.
In his third career meeting against unorthodox Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, owning a 2-8 win-loss record in his last ten matches on hardcourt, the Auckland-born Brit aims to extend his perfect record in the head to heads. Mannarino beat him in 2018 in Los Cabos and last season in Montecarlo in straight sets.
In the last 52 weeks, Mannarino has turned into a better server than the Brit, who clinched less than a point every two second serves in that period. Second-serve consistency will become a key factor against the 14th best returner in the ATP Tour, according to the official Leaderboard.
Edmund, however, could use his power from the baseline to control the game and open his campaign with a win.
Prediction: Norrie in straight sets
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Kyle Edmund v Feliciano Lopez | Edmund leads H2H 1-0
Kyle Edmund hasn’t won a match in Acapulco yet. In his only previous appearance, in 2017, he lost immediately to American big server Sam Querrey. The Auckland quarter-finalist will meet Feliciano Lopez, after his commanding victory in the Davis Cup Finals last November. That was the Spaniard’s 445th career loss, the most by any ATP player.
When they met at La Caja Magica in Madrid, the Brit had fallen to No. 75 in ATP Rankings on 21 October, his lowest since No. 84 on 5 September 2016. He was able to finish a troubled year offering an inspired performance. He won 74% of first-serve points, hit nine aces and 19 forehand winners to 19 unforced errors.
In different conditions, on a slower surface, the Brit will need to rediscover that level to make the court larger and bigger for his opponent and give himself the chance to claim his maiden win in Dubai.
Prediction: Edmund in straight sets
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