By Ros Satar

  • Cameron Norrie def. Peter Gojowczyk 6-1 6-4
  • Faces No. 3 seed Gael Monfils | Monfils leads H2H 1-0
ZHUHAI, CHINA – Cameron Norrie takes on the flamoboyant Frenchman Gael Monfils as he bids for a spot in the quarter-finals.

 

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Cameron Norrie def. Peter Gojowczyk 6-1 6-4

In a packed day of Brits in action in China, Cameron Norrie banished all memories of that complete heart-breaker of a fifth set loss at the US Open with a sharp performance against Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk.

The first set was textbook pressure by Norrie, breaking twice in a row to build up a comfortable double break lead as the German at least managed to find the board in the set. He made it a more competitive affair in the second set, denying Norrie’s first push at a break but unable to stop the Brit from taking the advantage the next time around.

From there it was simply good court management by the Brit, holding on to the advantage and comfortably closing out his place in the second round.

 

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Norrie v Gael Monfils [3] | Monfils leads H2H 1-0

Next up for the British No. 3 is Gael Monfils. The flamboyant Frenchman continues to switch between inspired and just crowd-pleasing, with results to match, he was last seen in action in the quarter-final of the US Open, and so Norrie might be able to exploit a little rust in the Frenchman’s game.

One thing is for sure, Monfils will make this a much more physical battle. His athleticism will see him generally hurling himself here, there and everywhere, and Norrie will do well to keep up with him, but the Brit’s game is built on consistency rather than the more showy shots to get a crowd going.

If he can keep his head down and stay with the Frenchman’s trademark knack of placement and pace, then he stands a great chance off taking a set off him. He lost to the Frenchman and in Eastbourne a couple of years ago, but grass is not a surface you would necessarily associate with Norrie, but on a hard court could be a different kettle of fish.

Prediction: Monfils in three sets.

Norrie and Monfils are scheduled on Centre Court, not before 7:30pm (12:30pm BST).

 

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