Tommy Paul vs Cameron Norrie - Murray River Open ATP
Sunday January 31st, 2021
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Fifteenth seeded Tommy Paul of the USA faces Cameron Norrie of Great Britain in a First Round clash at the Murray River Open in Melbourne, Australia. The match will take place on Sunday January 31st, 2021 at a time yet to be determined. This is a match between two players that are relatively close in the rankings so it should be a very exciting matchup. They have played once before with Paul getting the win, but that was in 2016, at the start of their careers. They have both come a long way since then, who will get the victory and advance to the Second Round?
Tommy Paul is currently ranked #53, which is a career high for the young American. A former top junior player, he had a rough start to his professional career but has recently been having some good results and had leapt up the rankings as a result. Paul will relish being back in Australia, as the best ATP result he has had thus far was a Semi-Final appearance in Adelaide last year, as well as reaching the Third Round at the Australian Open, also a career best. This will be his second tournament of the year after a disappointing run at the Delray Beach Open a few weeks ago, losing to Sebastian Korda in the Second Round. He will be looking to put that behind him and regain some form before the first Grand Slam of the year.
Cameron Norrie is Britain's number one, and is currently ranked #67. He has a career best of #41 and will be seeking to rejoin the top 50 with a good result here. He is a very solid lefty with no real weaknesses. This enables him to do well at the lower level ATP tournaments but he struggles in the big tournaments against the top players as he also lacks a true weapon. He had a great start to the year at the Delray Beach Open, reaching the Semi-Finals before narrowly losing to Sebastian Korda. He will be looking to continue that rich form here and gain some momentum heading into the Australian Open.
This has all the makings of a very close match. They are both at a similar level so it will likely come down to who is in better form on the day. Based on their form at in Delray Beach I am going to pick Norrie to nudge a tight encounter here. If Paul is clicking then he certainly can win it so it may be best to avoid this match entirely.