Cam Norrie has emerged in 2021 as the best Briton on Tour making it to a year end ranking of 12. He led team GB into the last eight were they face surprise quarterfinalists Germany. The Germans , without the Zverev brothers, came through a tough Group that included Serbia and Austria with flying colors winning both matches. GB also won both matches in a relatively easier Group which included France and Czech Republic. My focus is on the match between Norrie and Germany’s number one seed Jan Leonard Struff which was the second rubber after Dan Evans beat Peter Gojowczyk in the earlier match. The match went to three sets and it was Norrie who showed early frailties. Cam got broken early in the first set but eventually got back into the match at 2-4 down. First set went to a tie breaker which Struff won only just, saving set point at 6-5 going for the weaker Norrie second serve. He eventually won the set 8-6.
Norrie showed why he is now Britain’s next big Grand Slam hope with a classy second set. His lefty serve shone through as he never faced break point in that set to take it 6-3 in no time. Struff asked for a short recess after the second set and came back a different player.We pick it up on the third set 4-2 Germany 30-30. Struff has got the height advantage which comes in handy on service speed. Here serving on the deuce court on second serve to a lefty cries out for a cross court serve to the backhand. He did just that with Norrie struggling right from the point of making the return, no doubt his weak side. He did the same on the ad court with the big down the liner which missed the mark. But check out the second serve after this. Struff has nerves of steel planting the huge second serve cross court which gave Norrie no chance forcing Norrie to serve to stay in the match. Now on the Cameron serve. Check out 5-2(15-15), when the Brit played to the German’s backhand on the deuce court, Struff had the upper hand. The net charge by Norrie was brave but the control on the volley was lacking. Struff winning 6-2 leveling the tie at 1-1. It was up to the heavily fancied doubles pair of Joe Salisbury/Neal Skupski to save the day in the doubles rubber. Unfortunately it didn’t pan out as they lost to Kevin Krawietz/Tim Putz in two tie break sets. Germany will face the winner of Sweden and Russian Tennis Fed in the semis.