• Cameron Norrie v Filip Krajinovic
  • Albert Ramos-Vinolas def. Cameron Norrie 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)
  • Norrie pays tribute to Ramos-Vinolas in his speech
MADRID, SPAIN – Cameron Norrie has a quick turnaround after being edged out of a maiden ATP title in Estoril

 

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Albert Ramos-Vinolas def. Cameron Norrie 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)

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It had been a superb week for British No. 2 Cameron Norrie, in just his second tournament on the clay. He had built a reputation for taking out the seeds, but Albert Ramos-Vinolas was just a seed too far.

Bidding for his first ATP title, Norrie started well, with an early break but was pegged back immediately, with gruelling rallies from the off.

Twice more, the Spaniard looked to take the advantage was fended off by a determined Norrie, before the Brit broke for the lead, and closed out the first set.

The second set almost proved to be a mirror of the first with Norrie breaking early, only to be pegged straight back, but this time the break in the penultimate game belonged to Ramos-Vinolas as he levelled the match.

In the decider it was the Spaniard who broke in the third game and was broken straight back and there was nothing at all between them all the way to the tie-break. Norrie was 3-1 ahead before Ramos-Vinolas ran out six points in a row to win.

Cameron Norrie v Filip Krajinovic H2H & Match Fundamentals

Cameron Norrie v Filip Krajinovic H2H: First Meeting
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Norrie will face Filip Krajinovic in his first round of Madrid

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Clay)

H2H: Cameron Norrie (WR 48) Filip Krajinovic (WR 36)
Tournament Previous Best Debut Debut
1st Serve % 65.9 58.0
Service Games Won % 84.6 80.8
Break Points Saved % 68.6 65.9
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 52.1 55.0
Break Points Converted % 37.1 46.0

It is a testament to Norrie’s form that he is ahead on stats on all but return stats, and it remains to be seen how fatigued he is from Estoril.

 

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Playing Styles & Prediction

Sometimes compared to a young Andre Agassi, the Serbian is a gritty baseliner who is consistent and this has been evident in his favourite surface of hard-courts but just as effective on the clay.

It comes into its own against players who can be erratic, but against someone like Norrie who has been playing very consistently himself and has sharpened up so many aspects of his game, his best hope is that the Brit is due a small let-down after such a monumental week.

Prediction: Norrie in three sets.

 

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