World number 56 Cameron Norrie faces the 66th-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan in the first round of the 2021 Miami Open on Wednesday, March 24. The match is yet to be scheduled. Get the live streaming options of this Cameron Norrie v Yoshihito Nishioka match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Cameron Norrie v Yoshihito Nishioka Head to Head
There have been three previous matches between Norrie and Nishioka, with the Japanese player having won two of those three matches. Their latest match came in 2019, at the Acapulco Open where Norrie needed three sets to get past his opponent.
Norrie’s Consistency Should Help
Other than a first round loss at the Murray River Open earlier in February, Norrie’s form has shown the kind of consistency he would have liked to all these years. As a result of that, he has moved closer to his career-best ranking of 41 – just 15 ranks away – but what he would now need is a deeper run in tournaments than what he is already getting this season.
Well, at least as deep as he went at the Delray Beach Open earlier at the start of the season. Winning matches against Adrian Mannarino and Frances Tiafoe, he made it as far as the semifinal there, and then reached the third round of the Australian Open which included a victory over fellow Brit Dan Evans in the opener.
More recently, Norrie is coming off a victories over Stefan Kozlov and Fabio Fognini in Dubai before he fell to Dominik Koepfer in the quarterfinals.
What he would now need is a good start before the winner of this encounter takes on Grigor Dimitrov in the next round.
Nishioka Looking to Break Three-Match Streak
It has been a poor start to Nishioka’s season, which has been punctuated with six defeats from eight matches. His only two victories came at the Singapore Open, over Michael Mmoh and Maxime Cressy but other than that, the defeats to lower-ranked players would hurt.
This includes a three-match losing streak coming into this tournament, where he lost to Alexander Bublik in the quarterfinal in Singapore, and those defeats at the hands of Emil Ruusuvuori and Bublik yet again in his next two matches.
This will be the fourth time that Nishioka will participate in the Miami Masters, having made it to the third round once before – but that came way back in 2016. That was followed by two second round exits in 2017 and 2018 before he missed out the last time it was held in 2019.
Winning his opener here would be a good starting point but the form contrast would be one difficult surmount.
Norrie v Nishioka Prediction and Tip
Norrie is 1/2 to win this and 5/4 to do that in straight sets. We expect Nishioka to put up a fight but for Norrie to come through in the end.
Tip: Norrie to win: 1/2 (bet365)