• Cameron Norrie def Dan Evans [8] 7-6(3) 6-3
  • Norrie v Denis Shapovalov [4] | H2H: Norrie leads 1-0
SAN DIEGO, USA – Cameron Norrie won the battle of the brits against Dan Evans in straight sets to set up a quarter-final clash with Denis Shapovalov in San Diego.

 

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Cameron Norrie def Dan Evans [8] 7-6(3) 6-3

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Cameron Norrie reached his ninth ATP quarter-final of the season after winning the battle of the Brits in straight sets against Dan Evans. It was Evans though who made the quicker start as he dictated points with his slice and forced errors from Norrie. The world number 22 took a 3-0 lead and would continue to hold serve efficiently in the opening set. Norrie then had to save two set points on his own serve in the eighth game as he was on the brink of losing the opening set.

But that was when Norrie played a higher level of tennis using variety and power to cause Evans problems as the British number two’s forehand drastically improved. After holding in the eighth game, Norrie would comfortably break back through a powerful forehand down the line as the opening set would go to a tiebreak. Norrie continued to crush his forehands as he took the tiebreak 7-3.

In the second set both players held comfortably as no break points were created in the opening seven games with Evans having restored some of his confidence. However in the big points the eighth seed missed some simple shots and in the eighth game a missed backhand volley gave Norrie the chance to serve out the match. Norrie took his third match point with another unforced error from his compatriot to book his place in the San Diego quarter-finals.

 

Cameron Norrie v Denis Shapovalov [4] H2H & Match Fundamentals

Cameron Norrie v Denis Shapovalov [4]

H2H: Norrie leads 1-0  

ATP San Diego

San Diego, USA

Hard (O)

Prize Money: $18,310

First on Barnes Stadium (19:30 BST)

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Norrie now plays fourth seed Denis Shapovalov who is into his first quarter-final since his breakthrough run at Wimbledon.

 

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

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H2H:

Cameron Norrie (WR 28)

Denis Shapovalov (WR 13)

Tournament Previous Best

N/A

N/A

1st Serve %

66.1

61.6

Service Games Won %

79.6

86.6

Break Points Saved %

57.6

69.4

2nd Serve Return Points Won %

53

51.4

Break Points Converted %

46

b41.5

Shapovalov has the edge on the big points especially on serve however it is Norrie who is better at converting his break point opportunities and controlling his returns.

 

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Playing Styles and Prediction

Even though he is one of the most inconsistent top 20 players, Shapovalov has had a great season for his standards having reached the Wimbledon semi-finals and made big strides on clay. The Canadian loves to hit big with very little margin but has had better point construction this season.

This match will test Norrie’s defensive skills and see whether he is able to counter-attack Shapovalov’s backhand effectively. The Brit will need to start much better than he did against Evans otherwise he may not be able to get away with it as he did in the second round. This should be an intriguing contest and although this match could go all the way, this match still sees Shapovalov as the slight favourite heading into this match.

Prediction: Shapovalov in three sets.  

 

Casper Ruud [10] def Andy Murray [WC] 7-5 6-4

As Norrie contemplates another ATP quarter-final, Andy Murray leaves San Diego after another tight loss to a top 15 player. The Brit lost in straight sets to Casper Ruud despite breaking the Norwegian three times in the match.

After having an early break lead in the first set, Murray was broken in the sixth and twelfth games to narrowly lose the opening set 7-5. In the second set there were four consecutive breaks at the end of the set but it was Ruud who in the second game secured the crucial advantage to take the match and move into the last eight.

Next for Murray is Indian Wells after receiving a main draw wildcard with the tournament set to get underway on the 7th of October.

 

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