By Ros Satar

  • Cameron Norrie v Jordan Thompson [7]
  • Norrie leads H2H 2-1
ATLANTA, USA – Cameron Norrie is the first of the Brits back in main draw action after Wimbledon as he takes on No. 7 seed Jordan Thompson.

 

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Cameron Norrie v Jordan Thompson [7] | Norrie leads H2H 2-1

The road to the US Open starts here, as Cameron Norrie gets Brits back in tour-level main draw action at Atlanta. He starts against the No. 7 seed Jordan Thompson, against whom he enjoys a 2-1 lead in their head to head.

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However, the Aussie, with the rather questionable top-lip-hair snapped a 2-match losing streak in Miami earlier this year. All their matches have been lengthy and there is nothing to suggest that this won’t be a similar affair.

Thompson developed his game as a scrapper being a small young kid back in the day, but fast with it. He learned to get everything back against maybe stronger players so he could dig out his wins, and to a large extent he does the same thing now. He has a decent all-court game, and his gritty style sees him scrap his way to winning points. His serve is effectual and he has steady ground-strokes.

Norrie started the year well, reaching the Auckland final, and backed it up with a semi-final showing in Acapulco, and a not bad run over the clay in spells. It was great to talk to him in Eastbourne, where he was learning to manage on the grass – not his best surface by any means, but he was focussing more on learning from his time on the green stuff.

We are back to much surer ground and with the benefit of him being back in the US, where he obviously feels more comfortable, having been yet another successful product of the American college system.

Norrie is chasing a fair few points here this year – he picked off some solid names last year, including Thompson’s fellow countryman Nick Kyrgios, on his way to the semi-final, so he will want to be extending his head to head.

Norrie has the capability to do a little bit of everything and as such can actually mix things up quite well, which will be handy against an all-rounder like Thompson. The Brit is basically solid off the ground, has a decent enough serve.

With just a point in the rankings separating him and Dan Evans, also playing in Atlanta this week, there is quite a bit at stake for the guy with the lilting Kiwi accent. But tgere is a very real chance for him (or Evans) to make a charge for the British No. 1 spot, and on Norrie’s best surface – we are expecting big things on the Road to New York.

Prediction: Norrie in three sets.

Norrie and Thompson are scheduled on Stadium Court, not before 2pm (7pm BST).

 

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