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- Cameron Norrie  v Brian Shi (USA) [WC] | First meeting
- Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) v Kyle Edmund  | Uchiyama leads H2H 1-0
NEW YORK, USA – Norrie will meet the local wild-card Shi, making his Tour-level debut. Edmund will bid to avenge his defeat in Brisbane last year to Uchiyama
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Cameron Norrie  v Brian Shi (USA) [WC] | No H2H
Cameron Norrie has a golden chance to seal his maiden win in New York after his first-round defeat in 2018 against fellow Brit Liam Broady. Norrie will open his campaign against former Harvard sophomore Brian Shi, making his Tour-level debut.
Shi, a Jericho native, finished the 2018-19 season with an 18-8 overall singles mark at Harvard, including a 4-1 singles record against Ivy League opponents. He earned his berth in the main draw winning the New York Open College Wild Card Invitational at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in Flushing Meadows. He won five matches, beating in the final match his Harvard teammate and second-seed Ronan Jachuck.
Norrie, who confessed to the ATP how he began to play right-handed before changing in four months as his forehand was horrendous, has clearly more tennis and more experience to ruin Shi’s night. Clearly, he could need some game to adjust to an unknown opponent, and it will be important for him to defend his opening service games to cruise towards victory. The match is scheduled for Tuesday in the night session, not before 19.30 local time.
Prediction: Norrie in straight sets
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Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) v Kyle Edmund  | Uchiyama leads H2H 1-0
Kyle Edmund, the No.8 seed in New York, will make his debut against Japanese Yasutaka Uchiyama who defeated the then World No.14 Brit to clinch the biggest win of his career. That win, last year in Brisbane, propelled the Japanese to his first ATP Tour singles quarter-final, as a qualifier. Last fall, he reached the same stage in Tokyo, broke into the Top 100 and achieved his career-high ranking at No. 78 on 4 November after reaching the Challenger final in Playford, Australia.
In the ATP circuit, the World No.97 Uchiyama played almost exclusively on hard-courts, with a 7-9 win-loss record. This year, he has to clinch his maiden victory, yet, having lost to Mikael Ymer at the Australian Open in the first round.
Edmund, ranked at No.62, has a 109-109 record in Tour-level matches, began the season advancing to the quarter-finals in Auckland. “Kedders” suffered first-round losses to Serbians Filip Krajinovic at Doha and Dusan Lajovic at the Australian Open.
The Brit, ranked 41st among the best servers and 47th among the best returners in the ATP Leaderboards considering the last 52 weeks, can use his powerful serves and his deep forehands to control the game and move to the second round.
Prediction: Edmund in three sets
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