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Can Cam Norrie Realistically Defend Indian Wells Title?

Although many are talking about guys like Nadal and Medvedev for this event, we cannot forget Cameron Norrie. After all, the guy did win the tournament last year! This was his maiden Masters 1000 title, and he won the tournament in impressive fashion. Sure, guys like Djokovic and Nadal were not competing in the 2021 event. But he still had to beat many top players to lift the title. This begs the question – could Cam Norrie repeat the success he had for Indian Wells 2021? 

Cam Norrie

Well, let’s take a few moments to explore this question and find out.

Norrie to Win Indian Wells in 2022?

At the time of writing, Cam Norrie is into the last 32 of the event. He has played just one match so far, beating Pedro Martinez in straight sets. This was expected to be perfectly honest, as Martinez is mainly a clay-court player. But looking ahead, Norrie is due to play Basilashvili in the round of 32. This is actually a repeat of last years’ final. On this note, let us now take a look at the possible draw and matches that Norrie must win if he is to win Indian Wells once again.

Round of 32 – Basilashvili

Basilashvili received a walkover in his opening game against Fabio Fognini. Some might say that this means he will be fresh. But for me, this means that he won’t be quite as sharp as Norrie. Then again, Basilashvili is an amazingly dangerous player, and Norrie would do well to squeeze past him once again.

Round of 16 – Brooksby or Tsitsipas

If he wriggles past Basilashvili, he will then play either Brooksy or Tsitsipas. Personally, I think he will play Tsitsipas, but these two have yet to play. Either way, Norrie will have his hands full – especially if he plays Tsitsipas. With that said, Norrie did beat Tsitsipas in Acapulco just a few weeks ago. 

Quarters – Medvedev or Alcaraz

If he was to make it through the round of 16, in my opinion, he will likely face Alcaraz or Medvedev. Again, in my opinion, Norrie would struggle massively to beat either of these guys. Medvedev is pretty much the best hard-court player on tour right now, and his game is well suited to Indian Wells. As for Alcaraz, I just feel he has too much in the tank for Norrie if this was his opponent.

Conclusion

Rather than speculating regarding the semis and finals, I think it’s fair to say that Norrie won’t make it beyond the quarters. But for those who feel that he could achieve this, he would then face Nadal or Sinner. For Nadal, he has a 4-0 losing record, and he has actually never played Sinner. But either way, I can’t see how he would beat either of these players. 

However, the game of tennis is unpredictable. And since Norrie has won the title before, he may fancy his chances. But for me – I really can’t see how he will regain the title this year. 

About the author

Gavin Davison

Gavin is a full-time copywriter based in the United Kingdom. He has previously played NCAA college tennis in the USA and competed in many international events throughout his younger days. He still plays competitively and follows both the ATP & WTA Tours closely. His favourite player is Roger Federer.

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