Australian Open 2024: Cameron Norrie faces Alexander Zverev in Melbourne last 16

  • By Jonathan Jurejko
  • BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

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Norrie lost his fourth successive meeting with Zverev in Vienna at the end of last year

Australian Open 2024 – Norrie v Zverev

Venue: Melbourne Park Date: 22 January

Coverage: Commentary from 06:00 GMT on Tennis Breakfast on Radio 5 Sports Extra and BBC Sounds, with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app

Britain’s Cameron Norrie says he will be doing plenty of homework in a bid to finally beat Alexander Zverev and reach the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Norrie faces the German sixth seed from 05:00 GMT on Monday but has lost all four of their previous meetings.

“I will sit down and watch those matches back and see how I played against him,” said the 19th seed.

Norrie has never played in the last 16 in Melbourne before and is the only British player left in the singles.

He beat three-time major finalist Ruud on Saturday in a performance he described as one of his “best at a Slam”, helped by aggressive play and a willingness to go to the net.

Norrie also had a poor record against Ruud, having lost his three previous meetings with the Norwegian.

But the British men’s number one turned that streak around with the help of a video analysis session with his coach Facundo Lugones.

“I sat down with Facu and watched the matches with Casper back, and we talked a lot about what wasn’t working,” Norrie said.

“I think there will be a lot of things in there with Zverev.

“The last few times I have played him it’s kind of been a similar match every time – a tough kind of set and then he’s run away with it.

“I practised with him a couple of times in pre-season, and we played a couple of really competitive practice matches, which was good.

“It’s going to be a tough one but I’m looking forward to it.”

Zverev has returned to the upper echelons of the ATP Tour after recovering from tearing ligaments in his right ankle in June 2022.

However, his progress to the last 16 in Melbourne has not been straightforward.

After fighting back from a set down against fellow German Dominik Koepfer in the first round, Zverev needed four-and-a-half hours to beat Slovakian qualifier Lukas Klein in his next match.

The former world number two had a shorter night on Saturday, beating American teenager Alex Michelson in straight sets.

It was also announced on Tuesday that Zverev will face a trial during this year’s French Open over domestic abuse allegations. The 26-year-old denies the charges.

Who else is playing on Monday?

The match between Norrie and Zverev will round off Monday’s play on Margaret Court Arena, which is Melbourne Park’s second show court.

Before that match, Czech teenager Linda Noskova aims to follow her stunning win over top seed Iga Swiatek by beating Ukrainian 19th seed Elina Svitolina for a spot in the women’s quarter-finals.

Belarusian 18th seed Victoria Azarenka faces Ukrainian qualifier Dayana Yastremska as they open the day session on Rod Laver Arena at 12:00 local time (01:00 GMT).

Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev meets Portugal’s Nuno Borges in the men’s last 16 afterwards.

Spanish second seed Carlos Alcaraz starts the night session on the main show court against Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic at 19:00 (08:00 GMT), before Chinese 12th seed Zheng Qinweng plays France’s Ocean Dodin.

Britain’s Neal Skupski and his Mexican partner Santiago Gonzalez, seeded fifth, are playing in the third round of the men’s doubles, as is fellow Briton Lloyd Glasspool alongside Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer.

Jamie Murray is set to play in the second round of the mixed doubles with Russian partner Yana Sizikova, as are all-British pairing Joe Salisbury and Heather Watson.

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