By Ros Satar
- Cameron Norrie def. Marton Fucsovics 5-7 6-2 6-3
- Norrie faces Alexander Zverev  next | Zverev leads H2H 1-0 at a tour level
MONTREAL, CANADA – Cameron Norrie fought from a set down to book his spot in the second round, and faces an old adversary in Alexander Zverev
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Cameron Norrie def. Marton Fucsovics 5-7 6-2 6-3
British No. 3 Cameron Norrie had a fight on his hands in his opener on his debut at the Coupe Rogers, against Marton Fucsovics. Despite going up an early lead, he was pegged back immediately and came out on the wrong side of another flurry of breaks at the end of the first set.
He started in the same way, breaking Fucsovics but this time made it stick, building up a 5-1 lead over the Hungarian. The double break cushion served the Brit well as Fucsovics rallied to break Norrie as he served for the second set, but was broken once more as Norrie levelled the match.
The third set was a tense affair, break points going begging for both platers until Norrie got the crucial break in the penultimate game, clinching the win on his second match point.
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Norrie v Alexander Zverev  | Zverev leads H2H 1-0 at a tour level
While Alexander Zverev has their one win at a tour level, in Acapulco this year, Norrie might take some confidence that in their far more formative years, he had the upper hand over the willowy German beating him in the Futures and at a Challenger level.
However, their career paths have taken different directions, and while Norrie has been working his way up steadily, Zverev’s rise to the top was a lot more rapid, but has brought with it its own downfalls. At the tour level, Zverev has remained broadly consistent – his real woes have come at dealing with the burden of being expected to be the next best thing to the Big Three.
On top of that, despite hiring Ivan Lendl to help over that hurdle, his year has been dogged with an ugly spat with his previous manager, and now the resignation of Lendl. With so much on his mind, is there a chance for Norrie to rekindle his previous form?
This will be the German’s first foray onto the hard courts for this autumn swing, having made up from his first round exit at Wimbledon with the semi-final in Hamburg. Norrie’s persistence and steadiness made Fucsovics unravel – so what does he need to do against Zverev?
One thing that has been impressive is Norrie’s staying power with being ground down from the baseline – and Zverev will look to do that. The Brit will need to take care of his own serve, as Zverev kickstarts his own game with a capable serve, and his trademark backhand. Above all Norrie will need to match Zverev’s persistence and maybe try and move him off the baseline and disrupt his rhythm.
Prediction: Zverev in three sets.
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