TennisSection previews the 2022 US Open as Cameron Norrie takes on Benoit Paire in the first round on Tuesday, August 30th, 2022.
How will Cameron Norrie fare at the last Grand Slam of the season? Despite his appalling record at the US Open down the years, Norrie is a major contender to win the trophy in a fortnight’s time after solidifying his presence as a top 10 player in the rankings. Can Benoit Paire shock the tennis world?
Cameron Norrie could become the first British winner of the US Open in 10 years if he can conquer seven men in the next two weeks. He starts his campaign against the unpredictable Benoit Paire on Tuesday and that could be the most comfortable round he will play all tournament. Norrie could have to fend off Mackenzie McDonald in the next round and potentially one of Holger Rune or John Isner thereafter. His fourth-round opponent is likely to be Andrey Rublev with Rafael Nadal his projectedquarterfinal opponent.
Benoit Paire, meanwhile, arrives at the US Open in his lowest ATP ranking in almost 12 years. He is into the main draw by virtue of the entry list being released before the end of July when his ranking was afloat inside the top 100. Paire currently has a three-digit ATP ranking and has a 9-26 record across all matches in 2022. It would be a major shock of epic proportions if he managed to pull off the win on Tuesday against an in-form Cameron Norrie.
Cameron Norrie leads Benoit Paire 1-0 in their head-to-head, winning that meeting in the first round of Auckland in 2019. Norrie’s career trajectory is heading right where he wants it to, and is well on his way to become a top five player in the not too distant future. And the fact that he is viewed as contender at the US Open is further evidence of his immense improvement he has put in throughout the season. He should be a solid favorite to advance unscathed against the unreliable Paire.
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