Cameron Norrie vs. Adrian Mannarino - 2021 Delray Beach Open Second Round
Sunday, January 10 2021
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It is a battle of the lefties to end off the second round matches here at the 2021 Delray Beach Open on Sunday, January 10th 2021, as Adrian Mannarino (3), meets Cameron Norrie. Will the young Brit be able to outplay the experienced Frenchman, or will Mannarino begin his 2021 season on a high?
Adrian Mannarino showed some positive results last year, although many did not go his way, as he made impacts on these smaller ATP 250 hardcourt tournaments. Mannarino will want to begin his 2021 season strongly, however, he will be wary of a fellow lefty in Cameron Norrie. Mannarino is usually more competitive against right-handed players, compared to his own-lefty players. Will Adrian Mannarino's experience and strong results towards the end of last year be able to keep him rolling here and win his first match of the 2021 season, or will Norrie be able to cause the upset?
Cameron Norrie came through an extremely easy and quick match in the first round against local American player, JC Aragone, beating him in straight sets 6-2/6-1. Norrie is continuously improving as a player and he will definitely be looking to have his best year in 2021. Norrie is aided by his extremely aggressive playing-style and lefty-game. Norrie will want to come out here and put his name in the hat for title contenders. I expect Norrie to have prepared strongly for the season and he will be well prepared to take on Adrian Mannarino on Sunday in the second round.
This is going to be the fourth meeting between both players, with Cameron Norrie leading the head to head 2-1. The last time they met was in similar playing conditions early last year at the Acapulco Open where Mannarino won in 3 tight sets. The previous two meetings had been won by Norrie in straight sets. I think this is going to be a tight match, but I think that Norrie's more strong and competitive minutes under his belt, having already played here in Delray Beach, will aid him in winning against Mannarino who will be trying to rub off the rust in his first match of the season. Norrie to win.