• Cameron Norrie [Q] v Roberto Carballes Baena [Q]
  • H2H: Carballes Baena leads 1-0
ROME, ITALY – Cameron Norrie will take up the mantle on the men’s singles side as he takes on fellow qualifier Roberto Carballes Baena.


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H2H & Match Fundamentals

Cameron Norrie v Roberto Carballes Baena H2H: Carballes Baena leads 1-0
ATP Rome Rome, Italy
Clay (O) Prize Money: €12,000
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Having had to skip ATP Madrid with blisters after his great run to the Estoril final, Cameron Norrie will come up against a fellow qualifier, Roberto Carballes Baena.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Clay)

H2H: Cameron Norrie (WR 49) Roberto Carballes Baena (WR 96)
Tournament Previous Best R2 (2019) Q (2020)
1st Serve % 65.6 68.1
Service Games Won % 84.1 68
Break Points Saved % 69.7 52.6
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 53.8 52.1
Break Points Converted % 39.5 44.2


What will be key is whether Norrie’s blisters have healed up. First serve and break points won are his weaknesses against his Spanish opponent, so this could be more of a battle than we think.


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Playing Styles and Prediction

Not surprisingly, clay is Carballes Baena’s thing, certainly this season. With just three matches on hard courts in Australia, it has been clay all the way in a mix of ATP and Challenger tournaments for the Spaniard with his best performance winning the title in the Belgrade Challenger.

Experience suggests that Norrie will have the upper hand here, but he has clocked up a lot of time on the dirt, and it will be all down to how those feet can deal with a god clay courter dominating proceedings.

Prediction: Norrie in three sets


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