German future star Alexander Zverev plays young Briton Cameron Norrie in the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 in Montreal on Tuesday, August 6. The match will begin at 8 pm local time (or 1 am BST next day). You can find the Alexander Zverev v Cameron Norrie live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Alexander Zverev v Cameron Norrie Head to Head
The two players met earlier this year in the semi-finals of the Mexican Open on the outdoor hard courts of Acapulco. Zverev won that in straight sets after a tight first set tiebreak.
Zverev Returns to Montreal Looking To Salvage Poor Season
German Alexander Zverev returns to Montreal where he won the title in 2017 defeating Roger Federer in the final. Two years later, one would expect him to be more mature, more settled and in a stronger position with his career. While he has accomplished more, and is more mature, he is also in the midst of a poor season that every time seems to be getting back on track, goes right back in reverse.
Zverev has had a year with its fair share of off-court issues, most recently resulting in him dismissing his coach Ivan Lendl in the midst of the ATP 500 at Hamburg two weeks ago. The now world number seven who won the ATP Tour Finals last year in London, currently runs the risk of not qualifying for the event this year. He will be looking for a much improved performance on the US hard courts to salvage his season and rankings.
The German received a first round bye in Montreal, and plays Cameron Norrie from Great Britain in the second round. Hailed as a future Grand Slam winner, Zverev has several others with similar billing to him in his half of the draw, i.e. Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov.
Young Norrie Looking for a Breakthrough Win
23 year old Cameron Norrie grew up in New Zealand and represented them as a junior becoming ranked number ten in the world on the junior circuit, before he switched his allegiance to his parents’ nationality and continued his tennis career in Britain.
He then moved to the US where he played on the NCAA circuit and won ITF Futures titles, before representing Britain in the Davis Cup in 2017.
Norrie has been on the main section of the ATP tour for two years now. In 2018, he won his first ATP doubles title at the Estoril Open alongside British number one Kyle Edmund. He qualified for his first ATP semi-final in 2018 at Lyon, beating then top ten player John Isner in the quarter-finals and in turn breaking into the top 100 of the ATP singles rankings.
The young Brit has had more consistent performances in 2019, specifically reaching the semi-finals of the ATP 250 at Atlanta two weeks ago, that catapulted him to a career-high ranking of 45 in the world.
Norrie had a difficult first round encounter here in Montreal against Hungarian Marton Fucsovics. After losing the first set in a tiebreak, he came back to win the next two sets and in turn set up a second round encounter with Alexander ‘Sasha’ Zverev.
Zverev v Norrie Predictions & Tips
Despite a poor season, the German will begin as a strong favorite in this match. Zverev has a game well suited to the hard courts and knows what it takes to win here in Montreal. On the other hand, Norrie is a clever young player who will be confident after his Atlanta Open showing and recovery in the first round here as well.
What remains to be seen is the form that Zverev brings and where he is mentally, and also how Norrie recovers to come back and play the next day.
A match that can get exciting if both players bring their best form; expect Zverev to win in two hard fought sets.
Tip: Zverev to win in straight sets: 22/25 (888Sport)