By Alessandro Mastroluca
- Cameron Norrie came back from two sets down for the second time in his career to upset No.9 seed Schwartzman in a match that featured a US Open-record 58 break points.
- He will meet for the first time Federico Coria, the former French Open finalist Guillermo’s younger brother
NEW YORK, USA – Cameron Norrie pulled off an epic come-back to oust 9th seed Diego Schwartzman to advance to the second round once more.
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Cameron Norrie d. Diego Schwartzman  3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 7-5
Cameron Norrie opened his US Open campaign with a memorable comeback win over No.9 seed Diego Shwartzman. A former top college player, for the second time in his career he managed to recover after losing the opening two sets. he had completed that feat when he beat Roberto Bautista Agut in another emotional battle in a Davis Cup clash in Spain, on clay.
In the opening sets, Norrie admitted he was rushing everything, going too much for his shots. He clinched two of the 11 points played on his second serve and converted only two of his first 15 break point chances.
In the third, Schwartzman looked upset by some calls while Norrie began to move to the net more frequently. He started to change the pace, to slice his shots, losing three games in the third and four sets combined.
The two-time quarter-finalist ended the fourth set with two double faults, and showed the same inconsistencies on serve to open the decider, whose opening two games went on for 17 minutes. The Argentinian won 61 to 63 percent of the points on his serve on hard courts since 2016. It’s significantly not enough compared to the top players on Tour. Facing Norrie, his inability to hold did the difference. He gave the Brit 31 chances to break and made too many chances slip away.
Cameron Norrie v Federico Coria | No H2H
Norrie didn’t play convincingly, although his attitude throughout the match had a crucial impact against his opponent who was clearly waning physically.
His campaign will go on against another Argentinian, the World No.103 Federico Coria, famous for a long time only as Guillermo’s brother. Having a Roland Garros runner-up in the same family was never easy for him. Constantly compared to him, spurred to reach his standards, he even considered leaving tennis.
Instead, he learned to overcome pressure and accept to be a decent player, a consistent fighter with a good backhand that Norrie can attack using his lefty forehand, giving more shape to the ball to move him outwards.
Now, Coria just hopes to join Guillermo as the second South American siblings to break into the Top 100 after Julian and Alejandro Ganzabal.
Making his Grand Slam debut at US Open as 28-years-old, Coria also came back from two sets down in his opening match, although Jason Jung, his opponent from Taipei, retired trailing 2-0 in the deciding set.
Coria made a breakthrough before the hiatus as he saved two match points to Frenchman Corentin Moutet en route to his maiden quarter-final at Tour-Level at Rio de Janeiro. He’ still seeking for his first win over a Top-75 opponent.
Prediction: Norrie in straight sets
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