• Cameron Norrie v Albert Ramos-Vinolas
  • Jack Draper [WC] v Jannik Sinner [3]
  • Liam Broady [WC] v Adrian Mannarino
LONDON, UK – Out with the clay, in with the grass as we move onto the green stuff, starting with the cinch Championships at Queen’s.

 

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Cameron Norrie v Albert Ramos Vinolas

Our pick of the three matches is the in-form man of the moment, British No. 2 Cameron Norrie. He faces his conqueror from the Estoril final – Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

 

H2H & Match Fundamentals

Cameron Norrie v Albert Ramos Vinolas H2H: Ramos Vinolas leads 3-0
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The Spaniard has become a bit of a guiding figure for Norrie on the tour, except when it comes to facing each other on the clay. However, grass might be a completely different beast.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021)

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H2H: Cameron Norrie (WR 45) Albert Ramos Vinolas (WR 38)
Tournament Previous Best R1 (2017-2019) Debut
1st Serve % 65.7 63.4
Service Games Won % 80 76.3
Break Points Saved % 61.3 58.4
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 53.6 54
Break Points Converted % 45 44.8

Over the whole year, Norrie’s serving and ability to hang on to his serve has been a little stronger, and in terms of jumping on second serves or converting break points, there is very little between them.

 

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Playing Styles & Prediction

Norrie’s slightly better serving should be to his advantage on a surface where the Spaniard has a quite lowly 8-17 record over his career. The Brit has always been fit but his stamina and movement has been something else this year and given that Ramos-Vinolas prefers to longer at the baseline, perhaps this is the year that Norrie gets past the first round.

Prediction: Norrie in straight sets.

 

Wildcards for Draper and Broady

There are two more Brits on show in the singles as Jack Draper will kick off the day’s action on Centre Court against the No. 3 seed Jannik Sinner, while Liam Broady takes on Frances Adrian Mannarino.

Neither Draper or Sinner have much in the way of grass court results on the tour to shout about, so this could be a good opportunity for Draper to give Sinner something to think about. However, the Italian is one of the rising stars of the tour, and we expect him to come through this one.

What might be more intriguing is Broady taking on Mannarino. Broady has been working hard this year, and the Brit is not far off his career high ranking at the moment. In a battle of the lefties, Mannarino does of course have so much more experience, but on home turf, with vocal support on his side, anything could be possible.

Broady has had the measure of the Frenchman in the past so if we are looking for a wildcard win, perhaps this is the match.

 

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