By Ros Satar
- Cameron Norrie def. Marton Fucsovics 7-6(3) 6-3
- Norrie v Lorenzo Sonego [Q]
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – Cameron Norrie staged a comeback against Marton Fucsovics to reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on his debut.
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Cameron Norrie def. Marton Fucsovics 7-6(3) 6-3
British No. 2 Cameron Norrie set himself quite the task in his second round match against arguably a more confident clay-court player in Marton Fucsovics. The Hungarian won his maiden ATP Tour title last year in Geneva on the dirt, and certainly set a marker at the start of the match, breaking Norrie in his first service game and keeping the Brit at bay.
Norrie had a dirt-free existence from his days on the Futures in 2013 to a Davis Cup debut in Spain, where he stunned Roberto Bautista Agut on his first outing. He has tried to get his clay feet in the Latin American Golden Swing but he has already equalled his number of wins in three tournaments on the European clay in Monaco.
Norrie definitely warmed up as the match went on, drawing errors from Fucsovics and staying toe-to-toe with him in intensive rallies, and it should give him some much needed confidence on a surface that he is still finding his way on.
He played smart tennis and proved he has the stamina to stay the distance, and it is a worthy win over a solid player.
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Norrie v Lorenzo Sonego [Q] | First Meeting
It might be easy to look at Lorenzo Sonego’s ranking just inside the Top 100 and pass him off as easy pickings for the Brit, sitting at World No. 57, but the Italian has an impressive record on the clay, way more so than any other surfaces, and has taken out two very experienced players (Andreas Seppi and Karen Khachenov) on his way to the third round, so the unseeded Brit will cause him no worries at all.
In Sonego he will face another solid player, who obviously has a good head on his shoulders under pressure. He has proved that he can go toe-to-toe with the grinding tactics of clay-courters and he is capable enough in his range of shots to go for the win here.
Prediction: Norrie in three sets.
Norrie & Sonego are scheduled second on Court Des Princes, not before 12:30pm (11:30am BST).
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