By Ros Satar
- Cameron Norrie v Kevin Anderson  | First Meeting
- James Ward [Q] v Gilles Simon | Simon leads H2H 1-0
LONDON, UK – Cameron Norrie will take on Kevin Anderson as the rangy South African makes his return to the tour after injury, with James Ward coming through qualifying.
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Cameron Norrie v Kevin Anderson  | First Meeting
Coming in as the No. 2 seed, but after an injury break, Kevin Anderson makes his return to the tour, but is very short on matches and confidence. Meanwhile Cameron Norrie will be looking to make a bit more of a mark than his appearance last year, where he was out on the opening round.
Apart from his run to the Wimbledon final last year, it would have been through that the big serving Anderson would have done a lot better on this surface than perhaps he has done – although beating Roger Federer in his own back-yard last year was perhaps a considerable highlight.
Norrie has deservedly come a long way on a short space of time, but the British No. 2 is 6/14 on the green stuff, and a high-ranking scalp at this level, and more importantly in front of a home crowd could go some way to help restoring confidence in his game. He can certainly make things hard for Anderson – although for such a big unit, he can play a decent net game, he generally chooses not to, preferring to rely on his serve and being solid off both wings, so if Norrie can get him repeatedly on the move, he can certainly keep the big guy out there for a while.
Prediction: Anderson in three sets.
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James Ward [Q] v Gilles Simon | Simon leads H2H 1-0
Queen’s Club sees a welcome return for the humble but hugely popular James Ward, who fought his way through qualifying to earn a shot at Gilles Simon in the opening round. After some two years of knee injury woes for the Brit, he has had to work his way up the hard way, still sitting outside the Top 200 in the world, but one thing he does not lack is fight, if given the chance to prove himself.
Simon is a fair way off his career high of No. 6 in the world, but has been a steady figure throughout the years, playing a classic counterpuncher-s game. He will be looking to take the pace of the hefty Ward serve and groundstrokes, but Ward has had his moments on grass.
Prediction: Ward in three sets.
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