Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Cameron Norrie
|Date & Time||Friday December 28, 2018, 11:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Cameron Norrie +220 / Stefanos Tsitsipas -280 -- Over/Under:
Cameron Norrie and Stefanos Tsitsipas meet in the round robin stages of the 2018 tennis Hopman Cup.
Cameron Norrie enters this match in really shaky form, as he’s lost six of his last nine matches and has won just six matches overall since the US Open. The promising news is that Norrie has been competitive in those losses, as his last three defeats have been decided in three sets, which includes his most recent match against John Isner that was decided in 36 games. When Norrie is serving well, he’s proven the be a respectable opponent, but it all comes down to his return and his ability to win the tiebreaks. Norrie is still learning how to win the big points that will certainly turn some of these competitive losses into victories. A more consistent return game and Norrie is somebody to keep a close eye on heading into 2019. Norrie has lost three of his last four matches on indoor hard court.
Stefanos Tsitsipas had his breakout season in 2018 that needed with a title in the Next Ten Finals, and he’s won 13 of his last 16 matches overall. Tsitsipas quickly went from being a 20-year-old on the rise to proving he’s ready to compete with the best in the world right now and should be a consistent threat when it comes to winning the big tournaments. Tsitsipas has become a much more consistent server these past few months and usually plays clean tennis matches with few unforced errors. As long as Tsitsipas stays focused and doesn’t go into those lapses where he appears disengaged, he’s capable of beating anybody in any given tournament. Tsitsipas has won 11 of his last 13 matches on indoor hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
While it’s always tough to predict matches when players have had some time off, it’s tough to make a case for Norrie given the way he ended last year. Norrie competes, but he doesn’t return well enough to close the deal, especially against quality players. Tsitsipas was kind to us to wrap up 2018 and has provided little reason to jump off the bandwagon. In fact, the rest should help the Tsitsipas stay in form, as he did look fatigued at times last year.
This is a rather cheap price for Tsitsipas when you consider the way both guys finished the season.