TennisSection previews the 2021 Paris Masters as Cameron Norrie takes on Taylor Fritz in the Round of 16 on Thursday, November 4th, 2021.
Will Cameron Norrie win again? Or will Taylor Fritz chalk up another massive upset on Thursday? We preview a mouthwatering Round of 16 match from the 2021 Paris Masters. Both Norrie and Fritz are in the form of their lives and will play for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Cameron Norrie has won a jaw dropping 50 matches at tour level this season. That is just one fewer than the grand total of all his match wins since 2017 when he made his ATP Tour debut up until 2020. Norrie’s 101st tour level win of his career came at the expense of the big-serving Reilly Opelka, who is enduring an end-of-season slump. The British No. 1 sliced through Opelka’s humongous serve, forcing him to double fault at an inopportune moment in the first set where he went on to take it 6-3. In the second set Norrie trailed 1-2, but reeled off five straight games to take charge again. With this win, Norrie keeps alive his hopes of qualifying for the ATP Finals. Can he knock off another American in the form of Taylor Fritz in the Round of 16 of the Paris Masters?
It is another week, and another big win for Taylor Fritz at the 2021 Paris Masters. The lanky American has now scored a third Top 10 win in an as many weeks after upsetting the fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev. Rublev, much like Opelka, has not been at the races in recent weeks. And in a match where opportunities to break were at a premium, it was Fritz who took the decisive break of serve in the opening set when Rublev dumped a routine forehand into the net. In the second set, Fritz saved the lone break point he faced at 1-1, and made Rublev pay a hefty price for his profligacy. The American clinched a second-set tiebreak and the match.
Cameron Norrie holds a slender lead over Taylor Fritz in the head-to-head which stands at 4-3. Two of those matches were contested this season. Fritz won in Miami in three sets before the Norrie avenged that loss in the semifinals of Los Cabos. Aside from that, their previous and only indoor meeting came at the tailend of last season in St. Petersburg. Norrie was victorious in that encounter. Fritz has played 12 matches in just under a month. Norrie, for his part, has played pretty much an equal number of matches in that span. You could make a case of one of them succumbing to burnout sooner rather than later. But in tennis, winning matches fuels confidence which is why both these two players have been able to sustain their results in multiple tournaments. This is such a tough match to call, but I am siding with the Brit just because he is playing for a lot more than just the title this week.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Cameron Norrie to win in 3 sets
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