TennisSection previews the 2021 Indian Wells Open as Roberto Bautista Agut (15) meets Cameron Norrie (21) in the Third Round on Monday October 11th, 2021.
Cameron Norrie has been having a very solid year and will be aiming to finish the season with a bang, continuing to improve his ranking. The British lefty will face ATP Tour veteran Roberto Bautista Agut, who is one of the most consistent players on the circuit, and is a formidable opponent on all surfaces. The Spaniard hasn’t been at his best lately, can Norrie cause yet another upset this year and reach the Round of 16 here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open for the first time?
Roberto Bautista Agut is the fifteenth seed here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open and is ranked #19 on the ATP Tour. The Spaniard has built a reputation of being one of the toughest competitors on the circuit, and is usually a very safe bet to reach the later rounds in most of the events that he enters. However, he has been having a down year by his high standards, but has started to find form lately, with a Quarter-Final appearance at the Canadian Open and a Third Round showing at the US Open being his only performances of note in recent months. That being said, he is incredibly experienced and remains a fierce opponent, so Cameron Norrie would be wise to not underestimate him.
Cameron Norrie has been having a breakthrough year in 2021, which has seen him break into the top 30 in the world rankings for the first time. The British #2 won his maiden ATP title at the Los Cabos Open earlier this year, and seems to finally have the belief that he can compete with the best players. After reaching the Final last week in San Diego, he struggled in his opening round win over Tennys Sandgren, but impressively won the third set 6-0. He is a baseline grinder who tries to wear opponents down, but Roberto Bautista Agut has built a very successful career doing just that, and is unlikely to be drawn into errors here.
This will be the second meeting between the two players, with Norrie winning that first match back in 2018 at Davis Cup. This is a very tough match to predict and I think that it will go the distance. Both men have a similar style in that they try to break down their opponent’s defenses with some steady tennis, but where Roberto Bauntista Agut has his major advantage is in the power department. His flat penetrating groundstrokes are sure to cause Cameron Norrie a host of problems, and his mental strength is second to none. I am backing him to rediscover his form here, and he should grind out a tough three set win here, advancing to the Round of 16 of the 2021 Indian Wells Open.
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