• Cameron Norrie [1] def Taylor Fritz [3] 6-3 6-1
  • Norrie v Brandon Nakashima | H2H: Nakashima leads 1-0
LOS CABOS, MEXICO – Cameron Norrie cruised past third seed Taylor Fritz in straight sets to reach the Los Cabos final, where he faces Brandon Nakashima.

 

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Cameron Norrie [1] def Taylor Fritz [3] 6-3 6-1  

Cameron Norrie is into his fourth ATP final of the season after comfortably beating Taylor Fritz in Los Cabos. The Brit made a quick breaking in the second game and racing out to a 3-0 lead with some consistently aggressive tennis.

In the fifth game, the American pushed for the break with some deep returning and earned three break points. However Norrie held firm to take a 4-1 lead. Despite some clean serving and accurate hitting on serve Fritz couldn’t get past Norrie’s defensive play as the Brit sealed the opening set in 41 minutes.

Norrie continued the momentum in the second set winning 15 of the first 19 points to race to a 4-0 lead. Fritz wanted the trainer on court for an elbow injury but the trainer denied him treatment as he didn’t think there was anything wrong with the American. This saw the world number 37 effectively throw away the match and Norrie took advantage to seal a 34th win of the season and book his place in Saturday’s final.

 

Cameron Norrie [1] v Brandon Nakashima H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Cameron Norrie [1] v Brandon Nakashima

H2H: Nakashima leads 1-0  

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Norrie will now look to win his first title of the season as he takes on American rising start Brandon Nakashima in the final.

 

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

H2H:

Cameron Norrie (WR 30)

Brandon Nakashima (WR 138)

Tournament Previous Best

QF (2018)

N/A

1st Serve %

66.4

61.9

Service Games Won %

79.9

89.7

Break Points Saved %

61.5

73.1

2nd Serve Return Points Won %

54.4

48.6

Break Points Converted %

45.3

38.6

 

The young American is statistically better on the big points on his service games although the Brit knows how to take his opportunities on return a bit better, that will be crucial especially in a final.

 

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Playing Styles and Prediction

The 19 year-old has finally made his big breakthrough after being touted as the next big thing in American tennis. Beating the likes of Sam Querrey, Jordan Thompson and John Isner is no mean feat and the 19 year-old’s baseline qualities mixed with athleticism is a dangerous combination.

If Norrie serves as well as he has done in the last two matches and shows the ruthlessness on break points then the Brit should break his finals curse that has eluded him in 2021. However Nakashima will have nothing to lose and his numbers on serve show that he will be tough to break down and the Brit will have to work hard for his victory.

Prediction: Norrie in three sets.  

 

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