Top-ranked British tennis player Cameron Norrie feels hard is the better surface for Carlos Alcaraz but adds the 19-year-old has a very complete game and can definitely play well on all surfaces. Norrie, ranked at No. 11 in the world, has felt on his own skin how it feels to play Alcaraz as he has met the Spaniard three times over the last nine months.
Alcaraz is an extremely difficult opponent for Norrie as the Briton has three losses versus the Spaniard. Norrie stating that Alcaraz can play well on multiple surfaces makes sense since the Spaniard won his maiden Masters title on the hard courts of Miami and also clinched victories on the clay courts of Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona and Madrid.
“I think if you ask him he will say he prefers hard courts, although he has a very complete game. His serve has improved a lot, he has the physicality to play on clay as well as on hard, and he hits the ball very hard on both sides.
I think he has a good game for all surfaces, a very complete game. He’s a good player (laughs), lately I feel like in my interviews I’m talking half about me and half about Carlos (laughs),” Norrie said.
Norrie has yet to beat Alcaraz
Norrie and Alcaraz met for the first time at the US Open last year.
Norrie, who enjoyed a career-best year last season, stood no chance versus Alcaraz in their first meeting as the Spaniard won in straight sets. This past March, Alcaraz beat Norrie in straight sets at the Indian Wells Masters.
Norrie was the defending champion in Indian Wells. Most recently, Norrie and Alcaraz met in Madrid last week. For the first time, Norrie managed to win a set against Alcaraz but that was all as the Spaniard won 6-4 6-7 (4) 6-1.