By Ros Satar
- Cameron Norrie def. Jordan Thompson  7-6(3) 4-6 6-3
- Faces qualifier Soon-woo Kwon in the second round
ATLANTA, UK – Cameron Norrie kept his cool in the sweltering conditions in ‘Hotlanta’ to edge the No. 7 seed Jordan Thompson and sets up clash with South Korean Soon-woo Kwon.
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Cameron Norrie def. Jordan Thompson  7-6(3) 4-6 6-3
Encounters between current British No. 2 Cameron Norrie and Jordan Thompson have always tended to be tight and this was no exception. In fact it was Thompson who stole an early march on the Brit, breaking Norrie in his first service game. Norrie did not panic, breaking back mid-way in the set to bring things back on an even keel and twice put the pressure on Norrie, but was unable to convert on four set points he held.
That may well have played on his mind, as Norrie leapt ahead to a 4-0 lead in the tie-break and Thompson could not gain any headway as Norrie wrapped up the first set. The Aussie was the first to strike in the second set, breaking Norrie right away, and although he was pegged back, he broke again to regain the advantage, holding on to that to level the match.
Edginess was the name of the game with four straight breaks of serve at the start of the decider, with Norrie holding and breaking once more to hit the front. It was enough to stay ahead f the Aussie and extend his head-to-head lead. More importantly, with semi-final points to defend from last year’s debut, it was a solid win to start.
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Norrie v Soon-woo Kwon | First Meeting
Normally found in the land of ATP Challenger events Kwon looked very good in his qualifying rounds, breezing through in straight sets, but was taken the distance in his opener, before dishing out a bagel set in the decider.
Kwon follows in the footsteps of Hyeon Chung and Duckhee Lee but as far back as 2017, he identified that he still needed to develop a lot more in terms of his endurance and strength, in order to be more physical.
Not that Norrie is the kind of player to blow him off the court, and in terms of his own experience, he ought to be able to handle the South Korean although facing someone for the first time can bring about its own challenges.
Prediction: Norrie in straight sets.
Norrie and Kwon are scheduled on Stadium Court, not before 1:30pm (6:30pm BST).
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