We are in for a blockbuster clash as 6th seed Andrey Rublev faces 10th seed Cameron Norrie in the round of 16 of the 2023 Indian Wells on Tuesday.
The Russian star came into the tournament after finishing runner-up at the Dubai Tennis Championships. He began with a comprehensive 6-4, 6-2 win against the talented Jiri Lehecka in the round of 64. Rublev had a 77% win percentage on the first serve.
In the round of 32, Rublev got the better of Ugo Humbert in straight sets 7-5, 6-3. In this encounter, he had a win percentage of 78 on the first serve and converted 4 out of 6 break points. Rublev trailed 3-0 in the first set but he bounced back to secure the win.
The British star came into the tournament after beating Carlos Alcaraz in the Rio Open final. Norrie began his Indian Wells campaign with a comfortable win against Tung-Lin Wu. The match ended 6-2, 6-4. Norrie had a win percentage of 81 on the first serve. He converted 4 out of 8 break points in the match.
In the round of 32, Norrie had to fight hard against Taro Daniel. Coming back from a set down, Norrie won 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-2. The 27-year-old fired in 11 aces and converted 7 out of 10 break points in the clash.
Head-to-Head and Prediction
The head-to-head scoreline currently stands at 2-1 in favor of Rublev. He comprehensively defeated Norrie in their most recent encounter in the 2022 US Open 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
Prediction: Andrey Rublev to win in three sets.
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