Frances Tiafoe, eight seed at the Delray Beach Open will face the Brit, Cameron Norrie in the quarter-finals of the Florida tournament, tomorrow. 62nd ranked Tiafoe battling it out with 74th ranked, Norrie will be a really close match and thrilling to witness.
- Date: 12th January, 2021
- Tournament: ATP Delray Beach Open 2021
- Fixture: Frances Tiafoe vs Cameron Norrie
- Venue: Delray Beach, Florida, United States
- Round: Quarter-finals
- Category: ATP 250
- Surface: Outdoor Hardcourt
- Prize money: $349,530
Frances Tiafoe vs Cameron Norrie: Match Preview
Frances Tiafoe, got off his 2021 campaign in the best possible fashion as he defeated fellow American, Donald Young in straight sets in round one. The 62 ranked professional then claimed his second round victory against another compatriot by just dropping one set in the game. At 22, Tiafoe is the youngest American man to reach the round of sixteen at the US Open 2020 since 2011. The American last played at the Astana Open where he lost in the semifinals to the eventual champion, John Millman in three sets.
Cameron Norrie defeated the American, JC Aragone in the first round match-up, comfortably in straight sets and then knocked French player Mannarino in straight-sets again but this time with a tie-breaker in the final set. Norrie is known for powerful forehands which has proved to be his vital weapon in the past year. The Brit’s best performance in 2020 came at the US Open where he reached the third round, which included a five set victory over Diego Schwartzman in the first round.
Frances Tiafoe vs Cameron Norrie: Head to head
The duo have never faced each other and this quarter-final round is going to be their first ever encounter on the professional tour.
Frances Tiafoe vs Cameron Norrie: Match Prediction
Like many of his top-ranked American contemporaries, Tiafoe plays an aggressive offensive game that relies on a big serve and powerful forehand. At 6 feet 2 inches tall, Tiafoe can launch serves at over 140 mph. Norrie is known to be good on hard-courts however, he has also proven that he commits a lot of unforced errors which could work in the favor of the American.
The match is expected to be decided by a thrilling three set encounter, titling toward the American, Frances Tiafoe who has considerably improved in the past few years and hits the ball with incredible power and has found some precision to go with it in the recent past.
Match Prediction: Frances Tiafoe in three sets.