Cameron Norrie eyes revenge over ATP Next Gen talent
By reaching the quarter-finals of the Delray Beach Open, Cameron Norrie has set a meeting with American youngster and ATP Next Gen Finals runner-up Sebastian Korda, the same man who ousted the Brit at the Australian Open.
Norrie is enjoying a very different status at the ATP 250 event as compared to last year’s event.
After not being seeded in 2021, the then world number 74 reached the semi-finals of the Delray Beach Open before losing to none other than Korda.
Now, a little over 13 months on, Norrie is not only an ATP titlist but a Masters 1000 winner to boot, and is the top seed at the 2022 Delray Beach Open.
He backed up that standing by overcoming Germany’s Oscar Otte 6-3, 7-5 to book a third career meeting with Korda in the last eight.
After a stellar end to 2021 saw Norrie compete at the ATP Finals as an alternate, Korda rattled the Brit to put him out of the first Slam of the year 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 in the opening round.
Norrie will be looking to reverse his fortunes against the 20-year-old and bring his head-to-head record against him to 1-2.
The victor of the encounter will face an American opponent regardless, as Tommy Paul and qualifier Stefan Kozlov battle it out in the other quarter-final of the top half of the draw.
Meanwhile, the quarter-finals in the bottom half of the draw are yet to be set, with the potential still there for all four slots to be filled by home talents.
American Marcos Giron and Mitchell Krueger face John Millman and Grigor Dimitrov respectively, while Korda’s fellow Next Gen star Brandon Nakashima faces Frenchman Adrian Mannarino while Jack Sock and Reilly Opelka contest an all-American showdown.
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