Iga Swiatek in the 2020 Roland Garros Final, Paris, France
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Tennis | Miami 2022 | Norrie falls to Ruud in last 16 as quarter-finals continue in Miami

  • Casper Ruud [6] def Cameron Norrie [10] 6-3 6-4
  • Ruud v Alexander Zverev [2]
  • Iga Swiatek [2] v Petra Kvitova [28]
  • Paula Badosa [5] v Jessica Pegula [16]
  • Jannik Sinner [9] v Francisco Cerundolo
MIAMI, USA – Cameron Norrie will now turn his attention to the clay court swing as he is beaten by Casper Ruud in straight sets in Miami as the men’s and women’s quarter-finals continue in Florida.

 

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Casper Ruud [6] def Cameron Norrie [10] 6-3 6-4

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Cameron Norrie failed to reach the last eight in Miami after the British number one was defeated by Casper Ruud in straight sets. The Norwegian was aggressive from the very first ball as he took advantage of Norrie’s physical limitations to create angles with his deadly forehand. Ruud was rewarded with his intense start with a break to take a 3-1 lead but had to remain sharp in the next game as Norrie settled into his rhythm producing some stunning groundstrokes.

However Ruud held serve and threatened the double break again with some well-constructed points. Norrie denied the sixth seed from breaking but couldn’t deny him the set as Ruud’s effective serving patterns ensured that he served out the opening set in 45 minutes.

There was more frustration for Norrie in the second set as a poor service game in the third game handed Ruud the crucial break for a 2-1 lead which resulted in a racket smash from the Brit. The Norwegian won all the crucial points and remained clinical with the forehand throughout the match as he neutralised Norrie’s variety and once again broke, this time to love, to take a 5-2 lead.

Although Norrie earned a hard-earned break in the next game, the Norwegian closed out the match at the second time of asking with an ace to secure his passage into the quarter-finals. As for Norrie by the time he steps onto court at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on the 11th of April, he could be a top 10 player depending on results in Miami.

 

Alexander Zverev [2] v Casper Ruud [6]  H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Alexander Zverev [2] v Casper Ruud [6]

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Next for Ruud in the last eight is the task of facing Alexander Zverev, who will once again overtake Rafael Nadal in the world rankings on Monday. After an early exit at Indian Wells and a sluggish start to the season, the German seems to have found his range this week having beaten Borna Coric, Mackenzie McDonald and Thanasi Kokkinakis. Now heading into the clay court season Zverev will look to bring confidence and momentum as he looks to capture his first title of the season.

This should be a tough tussle and if Ruud can sustain his level of aggression that he has produced this week then he has a chance. However the Norwegian won’t have the time to pick his angles like he has had in his previous three matches and once the tournament’s in the latter stages it’s hard to pick past Zverev. The German’s improved serve and return this week should see him comfortably move into the semi-finals.

Prediction: Zverev in straight sets.  

 

Iga Swiatek [2] v Petra Kvitova [28]  H2H & Match Fundamentals

Iga Swiatek [2] v Petra Kvitova [28]  

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Since becoming world number one earlier in the tournament, Iga Swiatek has been in utter dominant form as she sets her sights on being only the third female to complete the sunshine double. Swiatek’s ability to take the match away from her opponents has been on another level and her last match against Coco Gauff summarised that perfectly as she won 12 of the last 13 games to win that match. Can anyone stop Swiatek in this form?

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One player who will try is former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova who makes a welcome return to a WTA1000 quarter-final. It hasn’t been the best start to the season for Kvitova but the former grand slam champion seems to be hitting form at the right time and has maintained some sort of consistency in Miami. Now Kvitova looks to return to the winners circle and in confident form can beat any player in the world.

Although Kvitova has been playing some great tennis this week, this match is a completely different level with Swiatek’s confidence and level of play at an all-time high. The Czech Republican will need to be consistently aggressive and need to create different angles in order to disrupt Swiatek’s rhythm. However in this form there aren’t too many players that can stop the Pole and although Kvitova has the tools to do so this may prove to be one step too far.

Prediction: Swiatek in straight sets.   

 

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Paula Badosa [5] v Jessica Pegula [16]  H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Paula Badosa [5] v Jessica Pegula [16]  

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Paula Badosa has turned into one of WTA’s most consistent players and after just falling short of defending her Indian Wells title that hasn’t stopped the Spaniard in her tracks. Badosa continues to impress and is yet to drop a set in Miami with her defensive game continuing to improve as the weeks continue to pass. Can Badosa win her second title of the season this week?

In Badosa’s way is American Jessica Pegula who has also maintained her consistency over the last couple of years as one of the more awkward players to face on the tour. Pegula’s impressive wins over Sloane Stephens and Elena Rybakina have set the tone for another impressive week in Miami as Pegula looks to break into the top 15 in the world.

This should be an intriguing contest with Pegula’s groundstroke game expected to cause the fifth seed problems. However Badosa’s consistency as well as her mentality means that she should have the confidence to get through this match and reach another WTA semi-final.

Prediction: Badosa in three sets.    

 

Jannik Sinner [9] v Francisco Cerundolo  H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Jannik Sinner [9] v Francisco Cerundolo

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After the Australian Open, Jannik Sinner made the bold decision of getting rid of most of his coaching team and starting fresh. Now a couple months later that doesn’t seem such a bad decision with the Italian’s mental fortitude in the last round seeing him get past a temperamental Nick Kyrgios. Now Sinner will look to go one round further than last year and go all the way in Miami and take advantage of a favourable draw.

It has been a dream week for Francisco Cerundolo with the Argentinian beating the likes of Gael Monfils and Frances Tiafoe to reach his maiden masters 100 quarter-final on the hard courts. Now the Argentinian will look to capitalise on his breakthrough week and make a statement against one of the tour’s most talented young players and reach the last four in Miami.

Although Cerundolo has had a fantastic week playing some really aggressive tennis, the Italian should have too much here with Sinner’s power, accuracy and mental fortitude proving too much for the inexperienced Argentinian.

Prediction: Sinner in straight sets.   

 

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