Cameron Norrie edged out Tennys Sandgrenin tough conditions to reach the third round of Indian Wells. The Brit made a blistering start to the match forcing his American opponent into early errors and producing some aggressive tennis as he took a 4-0 lead. After breaking twice, Norrie had three opportunities to break again and seal the opening set but some bold tactics from Sandgren saw him hold on.
Norrie then looked edgy and conservative as Sandgren slowly found his way back into the match, earning one of the breaks back in the eighth game and found himself with two opportunities to seal a fourth consecutive game. However the world number 26 stopped the streak and momentum to convert his fourth break point for a one set lead.
At the start of the second set both players looked threatening on return earning break point opportunities. However it was Norrie who capitalised first in the seventh game for a 4-3 lead but Sandgren showed good fighting qualities and immediately broke back on his first opportunity. As both players increased their level of play on serve it was looking like the second set would go to a tiebreak but some good point construction from the American in the 12th game saw him convert his first set point as the match was heading to a deciding set.
That end of set retaliation from Sandgren seemed to take a lot of energy out of him and that’s when Norrie used his endurance and increase in level to take control of the match hitting some great defensive shots and turning the match around. Three breaks and three holds of serve in the last set saw him advance into the third round at Indian Wells.
Cameron Norrie  v Roberto Bautista Agut  H2H & Match Fundamentals
Bautista Agut has the marginally better statistics however Norrie has the advantage when it comes to saving break points. Despite this, the Brit will need to raise his game if he wants to reach the last 16.
After a good first few months of the season, Bautista Agut has failed to find his form to go into the deep rounds of tournaments. Despite this, the Spaniard is still a threat ton anyone on hard courts and is capable of beating anyone on his day.
Expect lots of gruelling rallies as the slow courts should favour Norrie in this contest with the conditions making it harder for Bautista Agut to produce winners efficiently. The key battle will be how both players can protect their serves and who can be more proactive in the key moments. Norrie starts as favourite but it should be a long and entertaining contest.
Prediction: Norrie in three sets.
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