TennisSection previews the 2021 San Diego Open as Dan Evans (8) takes on Cameron Norrie in the Round of 16 on Thursday, September 30th, 2021.
Will Dan Evans move on? Will Cameron Norrie pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have the top two British players, both with very unique styles taking each other on. Who will move on to the quarterfinals at the 2021 San Diego Open?
Dan Evans got through a tough one against Anderson, dealing pretty well with his big game, breaking his serve in ½ opportunities, showing great mental fortitude to not lose his own serve. It’s a tough match against Cameron Norrie, as Norrie will use that lefty forehand to his advantage and absolutely pepper Evans’ backhand. In order to take him out, he’ll have to try and get into a lot of crosscourt exchanges with his forehand to Norrie’s backhand, while this is of course ideal against any lefty and is much easier said than done, I don’t feel like the surface will suit him too well with the type of game that he has facing Norrie, but let’s see if he can pose some trouble to Norrie and fight for a spot in the quarterfinals at the 2021 San Diego Open.
Cameron Norrie got a great win today, taking out Koepher in an easy straight sets, he redirected his shots really well, and set up that lefty forehand perfectly, cutting off the angles and getting a lot of easy put aways, doing everything that he needed to do. He’ll need to do the same thing coming up against Dan Evans, who is not an easy match-up. One reason I do think Norrie has a good chance to take him out though is that Norrie is a lefty, Evans doesn’t use his topspin backhand very much, and I feel that Norrie will overwhelm him with similar patterns of using that heavy lefty forehand going to Evans’ backhand, where he will get a lot of slices back and easily set up the points from there. It will certainly be interesting to see if Norrie can pull off the upset and move on here at the 2021 San Diego Open.
Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie have met once before, with Cameron Norrie leading the head to head 1-0. Their one meeting came this year at the Australian Open, with Norrie winning in four sets. I foresee a similar outcome here, with Evans being able to fight back with his pretty versatile game, however, ultimately losing to Norrie just due to the fact that it is a pretty poor matchup. Still, the two have very different games, so it should be a fun match and it will be interesting to see if Norrie can pull off the upset and progress to the quarterfinals at the 2021 San Diego Open.
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