Cameron Norrie vs. Karen Khachanov - 2021 Rotterdam Open Second Round
Wednesday, March 3rd 2021
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Karen Khachanov meets Cameron Norrie (Q) in the second round of the 2021 Rotterdam Open on Wednesday, March 3rd 2021.
Will Karen Khachanov continue to impress here in Rotterdam, as he did in his first round match, or will Cameron Norrie be able to cause the upset here and book his spot in the quarter finals?
Cameron Norrie was absolutely incredible in his first round match, beating Nikoloz Basilashvili in straight sets 6-0/6-3. Norrie did not give anything to Basilashvili and at every opportunity he was presented to go ahead in the match, the Brit took it. Norrie will obviously know he played very well, but he will also understand that Basilashvili was not playing at his best, and that he should expect a much tougher match in the second round, especially as he meets Khachanov who is in solid form as well. Will Norrie be able to cause the upset and make his way to the quarter finals?
Karen Khachanov put on a very strong performance against Stan Wawrinka (8) in the first round, beating the Swiss star in straight sets 6-4/7-5. Khachanov shocked me to be honest in this match, I have not seen him be as confident as he was in this match for a while and if he continues to play like this, and raise his game a bit more, he can definitely get back to the levels he used to play at. Khachanov will now face yet another tough opponent here, but will he be able to use the momentum gathered in this first round victory to book his spot in the quarter finals?
This is going to be the first meeting between both players, and I expect a very tight match here as both players can compete at a very high level in these indoor hard court conditions. However, when push comes to shove, I back Karen Khachanov much more than I back Cameron Norrie. Khachanov has much more experience at this level of the game, and he showed some great signs in his first round victory. I do expect a tight match, perhaps a 3-setter, but it will be one which Karen Khachanov wins to make his way to the quarter finals.