Barcelona Open 2022: Cameron Norrie vs Marton Fucsovics preview, head-to-head and prediction

Cameron Norrie (L) and Marton Fucsovics.
Cameron Norrie (L) and Marton Fucsovics.

Match Details

Fixture: (4) Cameron Norrie vs Marton Fucsovics.

Date: 21 April 2022.

Tournament: Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2022.

Round: Third Round (Round of 16).

Venue: Real Club de Tenis Barcelona.

Category: ATP 500.

Surface: Outdoor clay.

Prize money: €2,661,825.

Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel | UK - Amazon Prime Video.

Cameron Norrie vs Marton Fucsovics preview

Cameron Norrie at the 2022 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.
Cameron Norrie at the 2022 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.

Fourth seed Cameron Norrie will square off against World No. 53 Marton Fucsovics in the third round of the 2022 Barcelona Open on Thursday.

Norrie's claycourt campaign got off to a rough start as he failed to win a match at last week's Monte-Carlo Masters. Up against Albert Ramos-Vinolas in his opener, The Brit fought hard, but went down in three sets.

Norrie received a bye into the second round at the Barcelona Open, where he took on qualifier Egor Gerasimov. A slow start put him on the backfoot as he went down an early break in the first set. The World No. 10 evened the score, but lost serve in the last game of the set to drop the opener.

Norrie regrouped to clinch the next set, but trailed 1-3 in the decider. He stepped up his game yet again to complete a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 comeback win.

Norrie survives 😅Cameron Norrie beats Gerasimov 5-7 6-4 6-4 after 2hours 36mins in Barcelona!#BCNOpenBS
Marton Fucsovics at the 2022 Davis Cup qualifiers.
Marton Fucsovics at the 2022 Davis Cup qualifiers.

Marton Fucsovics kicked off his claycourt season with a victory over Lloyd Harris in the first round of the Monte-Carlo Masters. He lost in straight sets to Diego Schwartzman in the next round.

¡Victoria contundente de 🇭🇺 Fucsovics ante 🇦🇷 Delbonis!6️⃣-2️⃣ / 6️⃣-1️⃣#BCNOpenBS | @atptour

Fucsovics has been in fine form at the Barcelona Open so far. He scored a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jordan Thompson in the first round. He was even better in the second round, easing past Federico Delbonis 6-2, 6-1 in a little over an hour.

This is the first time since the 2020 Roland Garros that he has won consecutive matches on claycourt.

Cameron Norrie vs Marton Fucsovics head-to-head

The two have faced off thrice previously, with Norrie leading 3-0 in the head-to-head. He won their most recent encounter at the 2021 Vienna Open in straight sets.

Cameron Norrie vs Marton Fucsovics prediction

Cameron Norrie at the 2022 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.
Cameron Norrie at the 2022 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.

Neither player is a powerhouse on the red dirt, thus making for an intriguing contest. While Fuscovics has won his matches in Barcelona quite easily, Norrie was stretched to the limit in his only match so far. But the Brit will feel confident given his perfect record against his opponent.

Fucsovics has defended his serve quite well so far, getting broken just once across two matches. Norrie will have to step up his return game to make an impact. Being a left-hander gives him a slight advantage in that regard.

Norrie's counterpunching skills will also come in handy. The Brit is quick across the court and can find sharp angles off both wings.

Fucsovics' goal should be to shorten the points, as the longer a point goes on, the more it'll favor the Brit. A concerning stat for the Hungarian would be his record against top-10 players, which is rather dismal. He has a win-loss record of 2-23 against top-10 players and has failed to bring out his best tennis against higher-ranked opponents.

Ultimately, Norrie should be able to edge this contest.

Pick: Cameron Norrie to win in straight sets.

Also Check Out :-Barcelona Open 2022 Results

Edited by Keshav Gopalan


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