The Astana Open tournament takes place in Nur Sultan, and in this analysis I will detail the first round match between Cameron Norrie and Jordan Thompson, and I will conclude with the related bet.
Nur Sultan is a town of 1.1 million inhabitants, being the capital of Kazakhstan.
This tournament is small, ATP 250, with a prize pool of $ 273,345.
The host is the National Tennis Center complex, which has indoor, fast-paced indoor courts.
The competition table includes Mannarino, Paris, Norrie or Kecmanovic.
Cameron Norrie: Team form, news and statistics
Cameron Norrie is a 25-year-old Briton, ranked 70th in the ATP.
And Norrie is a good athlete of the first hundredth of the world, a tennis player who so far has not reached great performance but who remains at a constant level. In the past, it was ranked 41st in the world, with space in which it can grow given its age.
Obviously, Cameron will never get close to the top 10 ATP, he won’t get in trouble in grand slam tournaments, but in this kind of 250-point competition he can even think about the title, although his trophies only came in challenger circuit and ITF.
In 2019 he has a final in Auckland, a semifinal in Acapulco and a semifinal in Atlanta.
And in 2020 he has the quarterfinals in St. Petersburg.
Norrie comes here in good shape, already playing two indoor tournaments, in similar conditions.
In St. Petersburg he passed Fritz and Kecmanovic, then lost clearly with Rublev, then in Antwerp passing Ruusuvuori, being defeated by Raonic but after a 5-7 6-7, a match in which he lost his job only once.
Jordan Thompson: Team form, news and statistics
Jordan Thompson is a 26-year-old Australian ATP ranked 60th.
And Thompson is about the same level as his opponent, especially if we look at the rankings and its evolution in recent years. Thompson was even in the top 50 ATP. up to 43rd in the world, with a few successful tournaments but no ATP titles, again just like his opponent.
Jordan is one of the short tennis players on the circuit, compensating with a high agility on the field and a good lateral movement on the baseline. And when he is in shape he can win complicated matches, but now he is playing modest tennis.
In 2019 he has quarterfinals in Sydney, quarterfinals in New York, quarterfinals in Houston, finals in Nanchang challenger, finals in s’Hertogenbosch and
the semifinals in Antalya.
And in 2020 he has the quarterfinals in New York.
Since returning, Thompson has played modestly, still having a 4th round at the US Open, passing Kukushkin or Gerasimov there but having no chances with Coric.
But since then, Jordan has evolved weaker and weaker.
If we look at the indoor matches, Thompson lost in Cologne in two short sets, 3-6 3-6, with Novak, then in Antwerp being clearly defeated again, by Gilles Simon 3-6 5-7.
🎾Statistics of direct matches Cameron Norrie vs Jordan Thompson
In direct meetings the score is 3-1 for Norrie, the last one taking place in 2019 in Atlanta when Cameron won 7-6 4-6 6-3.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Cameron Norrie vs Jordan Thompson
Cameron Norrie comes here on an upward trend, he after being back in tournaments being in pretty good shape, helped by the fact that during the break he played many indoor matches in Great Britain.
Thus, he feels good in such conditions, having recently reached the quarterfinals in St. Petersburg, passing Fritz and Kecmanovic, then in Antwerp passing Ruusuvuori and playing well with Raonic. Jordan Thompson is similar to his current opponent, but in a weaker form. In turn, he comes after two indoor tournaments, but losing both matches played, with Novak and Simon, without taking a set.
His tennis is oscillating and the service has suffered a lot in the last month. So I consider Norrie to be the favorite, my prediction going to his victory at a stake offered by Betfair.
Prediction Today: Cameron Norrie wins