TennisSection previews the 2021 San Diego Open as Denis Shapovalov takes on Cameron Norrie in the Quarter-Finals on Friday, October 1st, 2021.
Will Denis Shapovalov move on? Will Cameron Norrie pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we will see if Shapovalov can get through a tough test and show that he has the level to go all the way. Who will move on to the semifinals at the 2021 San Diego Open?
Denis Shapovalov played a solid match against Fritz, taking him out in straight sets. Cameron Norrie is no picnic either, it will certainly not be easy, but Shapovalov has a huge game, and I expect him to be able to overpower Norrie and dominate a lot of the points. One thing that will for sure be key will be the serving, if Shapovalov can maintain a steady level on serve, I expect him to grab this match with relative ease, however, should he struggle and give Norrie some openings to attack him off that wing, I think he will struggle and may very well go the distance and potentially be upset. While Shapovalov for sure has the level at the moment, there are still many inconsistencies within his game as a whole, so it will be interesting to see how he can handle the moment and show if he has the level to progress here at the 2021 San Diego Open.
Cameron Norrie played a great match against Dan Evans, taking him out in straights. He has a much tougher opponent ahead of him though in Denis Shapovalov, who is also playing some great tennis and for sure is the clear favorite. If Norrie wants a shot at Shapovalov, I think he will have to approach with a different strategy than he normally does. Norrie is a rather quirky player, but that kind of style with lots of finesse and accuracy won’t upset Shapovalov too much, who really powers through the ball with incredible force and plays a very aggressive game. Norrie doesn’t want to be on defense too often, so he will either have to hope for some freebies along the way, or to take the initiative himself and try to really add some pace to his forehand and drive it through the court. If all those things go his way, he might have a shot to pull off the upset and move on at the 2021 San Diego Open.
Denis Shapovalov and Cameron Norrie have met once before, with Cameron Norrie leading the head to head 1-0. Their one meeting came at Queens this year, with Norrie taking him out relatively easily. It was for sure a strange result, considering their respective results at Wimbledon that year, with Shapovalov progressing much further. Those could perhaps be attributed to the inconsistencies I alluded to earlier, however, Shapovalov may have struggled tactically with a quirky game, despite the ability he should have to power through it. Both players will know what to expect when coming out on the court tomorrow, so I do expect Shapovalov to put on a display of great power tennis and learn from previous mistakes to book his spot in the semifinals at the 2021 San Diego Open.
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