- Dan Evans v Frances Tiafoe | H2H: Evans leads 2-1
- Cameron Norrie v Milos Raonic | H2H: Raonic leads 1-0
ANTWERP, BELGIUM – British interest goes strong as Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie continue to make progress at the European Open.
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Cameron Norrie def. Emil Ruusuvuori [Q] 6-4 7-6(4)
While British No. 2 Kyle Edmund might be labouring, Cameron Norrie is continuing to make rapid strides back up the rankings. His jump of five places after reaching the St. Petersburg quarter-finals has given him a lot of confidence.
Facing Finnish qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori, he played a confident first set, breaking just once in the first set to take the advantage. The Fin had other ideas though in the second set as he jumped out to a 3-0 lead with Norrie patiently keeping in contention before breaking to love and once back on an even keep, forcing a tie-break.
Momentum stayed with Norrie as he jumped out to a 6-1 lead although it was nervy at the finish, as Norrie finally took it on his fourth match point.
Cameron Norrie v Milos Raonic | H2H: Raonic leads 1-0
Norrie with face Milos Raonic, who went one better last week in St. Petersburg, reaching the semi-final and seems to be finding some form again after dipping a little since reaching the Cincinnati Masters final.
A speedy indoor court will play well to Raonic’s monstrous first serve and backed up with a heavy clubbing forehand, expect Raonic to try and control the game. He does seem to purely rely on his serve, and even though he has an all-court game, why use it when you can get enough free points off your serve.
Norrie has far batter movement and can disguise his loopy forehand, along with his very sold backhand. He will need to rely on his movement, and work hard at making Raonic scuttle about the court.
Prediction: Raonic in three sets.
Dan Evans def. Salvatore Caruso [Q] 6-2 3-6 6-3
The start of the match was all plain sailing for Dan Evans who started the match serving solidly and clearly had way too much overall for qualifier Salvatore Caruso. There was a brief flurry of resistance towards the end of the first set, but Evans never looked like he would be caught.
It was a far more competitive set from Caruso who started to pounce on serves dropping short from the Brit, and he capitalised on an uncharacteristically loose game from Evans to even things up.
Evans picked up the pace again in the third set with an early break and kept hold of that lead to the end.
Dan Evans def. Frances Tiafoe 7-6(3) 6-2
British No. 1 Evans extended his lead over America’s Frances Tiafoe with a straight-sets win to earn his spot in a fourth tour-level quarter-final this year. It was a great start for the Brit, leaping out to a 4-1 lead, before Tiafoe battled back on level terms getting the break back.
Evans jumped out to a solid lead in the tie-break and never looked like he would be caught. The second set was far more one-way traffic for Evans with two breaks in succession before he sealed his spot in the quarter-finals.
Norrie & Raonic are scheduled first on Centre Court, at 12:20pm (11:20am BST).
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