‘He’s a nightmare’ – ATP breakthrough player on Novak Djokovic as an opponent
It is almost impossible to put forward a plan on how to beat Novak Djokovic according to this 2021 breakout talent.
Cameron Norrie has had a thoroughly impressive season in 2021. After starting the year ranked 74th, he has since climbed to a career-high of 12.
Moreover, he is the second alternate at the ATP Finals in Turin, narrowly missing out on outright qualification for the event.
Speaking on the prowess of the world number one, Norrie gave this analysis.
“I think there’s no real game plan [when facing] Djokovic,” Norrie told the ATP tour.
“He has such a complete game, moves so well, you can’t get the ball past him. I also think his first serve is very underrated.
“He’s a nightmare to play. I’ve never played him, but if I were to play him, it would be a nightmare.”
There is the slim possibility that Norrie could play in Turin and face Djokovic.
Stefanos Tsitsipas came into the event recovering from an arm injury sustained at the Paris Masters.
If he were to withdraw from the Finals, Norrie would replace him as second alternate after Sinner took over for Berrettini in the other group.
“I haven’t thought about [a game plan] too much, but he’s pretty good [with his] first serve [and first] ball, he’s pretty good in long rallies and he moves exceptionally well.
“He’s probably the best mover on tour and his backhand is insane as well, so it’s tough. He’s a very good player.”
Despite playing well nearly 1200 matches on tour, Djokovic still has not accumulated 200 losses in his career.
The Serb currently holds a win-loss record of 983-198, producing a win percentage of 83.2%.
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