By Ros Satar

  • Cameron Norrie def. Dusan Lajovic [6] 6-2 6-1
  • Norrie v Jaume Munar | First Meeting
DELRAY BEACH, USA – Cameron Norrie eased past No. 6 seed Dusan Lajovic, setting up a clash with ATP Next Gen semi-finalist Jaume Munar.

 

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Cameron Norrie def. Dusan Lajovic [6] 6-2 6-1

Cameron Norrie continued his journey through the Latin American ‘Golden Swing’ this time with a resounding victory over the normally very solid Dusan Lajovic. From the start of the match, Norrie was very much in the driving set, breaking early in Lajovic’s first service game, and then fending off four break points from the Serbian on his own serve.

With the benefit of a double break cushion, Norrie nudged up to a 5-0 lead, and although Lajovic would go on to get on the board, as well as salvage one of the breaks, Norrie broke once more for the first set.

Any hopes Lajovic might have had to make some kind of impact on the second set went much the way of the first as Norrie once more built up a double-break comfort zone, closing out the match quite comfortably.

 

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Norrie v Jaume Munar | First Meeting

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Next up for the British No. 2 is Jaume Munar, who made his mark at the end of last year, reaching the ATP Next Gen Finals final four. He, of course, is no stranger to clay and won the junior French Open in 2014, comes from Rafael Nadal’s Tennis Academy in Mallorca and has benefited from being mentored by the man himself.

Not surprisingly, his tenacious style of play has seen him pick up wins after a decent run last year at Kitzbuhel, Winston-Salem and Brest. His start to the Golden Swing has been a little more impressive, reaching the quarter-finls in Cordoba and Buenos Aires, so comes into this encounter the favourite.

There is not much actually between the pair in the rankings, with Norrie just four places higher than him in the rankings at World No. 62.

This will be challenge for Norrie. Lajovic had the experience but was definitely not at the races, but Munar is very much in form at the moment, and indeed very much at home on the clay while Norrie is still only in double figures for matches played on the dirt.

Prediction: Munar in straight sets.

Norrie and Munar are scheduled on Quadra 1, where play starts with a carried over match at 4:30pm (7:30pm GMT).

 

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