Cameron Norrie vs. Ryan Harrison
|Date & Time||Saturday July 28, 2018, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
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Ryan Harrison and Cameron Norrie meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis Atlanta Open.
Ryan Harrison is coming off a three sets win over Chung Hyeon that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Harrison won 83 percent of his first serve points and 49 percent of his second serve points. Harrison won 70 percent of his total service points and hit 13 aces in his quarterfinal victory. Harrison has combined for 32 aces in his last three matches and has won three straight matches for the first time since Brisbane. Harrison is clearly hitting his spots, playing with confidence and playing some of the best tennis we’ve seen from him this season. Let’s not forget that Harrison came into this tournament losing seven of his last eight matches. Harrison hopes to make the second final appearance of the year and his fourth final appearance of his career. Harrison has split his last six matches on hard court.
Cameron Norrie is coming off a straight sets win over Nick Kyrgios that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Norrie won 85 percent of his first serve points and 45 percent of his second serve points. Norrie won a tight first set and then took the first three games of the second set before Kyrgios retired. It’s easily one of the best results of Norrie’s career, and he now has a chance to add to this impressive tournament run by reaching the final. Norrie has now had to play just six sets to get to this point and has won no less than 76 percent of his first serve points in his last three matches. Norrie has a chance to make his first ever final appearance on the ATP main tour. Norrie has won five of his last six matches on hard court.
This will be the first ever meeting between these two players.
While Kyrgios wasn’t 100 percent, you can’t take anything from Norrie and this run, and he has a real chance to win if he can continue to dominate his first serve. However, Harrison has been the more consistent player this tournament and isn’t coming off a cheap win either. Hyeon is a highly respected young player, and grinding out a three setter was impressive. Harrison also has the Amercian crowd behind him, and they’ll certainly be rooting for an all American final.
I have Harrison winning this match.