Norrie gets scared but qualifies for Indian Wells Round of 16

The Briton beat the valiant Japanese Taro Daniel this Sunday and is in the round of 16.

Cameron Norrie, 12th in the world and winner of the event in 2021, advanced to the round of 16 of the Indian Wells Masters 1000, after beating 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-2 the Japanese Taro Daniel (103rd).

The 27-year-old British left-hander has come a long way, as he trailed a set to nil and 4-1 in the second set, before making his comeback. Until then, Daniel had been the most consistent, conceding fewer unforced errors than his opponent and thought he would pull off the same shot as in 2018, when he won their first confrontation, here in the Californian desert, in the 1st round. But Norrie is another player now and animated by a great confidence inherited from his recent results, convincing, since he remains on a title won at the end of February in Rio De Janeiro, taking his revenge on Carlos Alcaraz who had beaten him a week earlier in the final in Buenos Aires.

Persisting on forging ahead, he finally adjusted his game at the best moment, to catch up, winning the point on 15 of his 21 volley climbs in the second set. And in the third run, he went it alone to finish in 2:41. Norrie will face Russian Andrey Rublev (7th) or Frenchman Ugo Humbert (77th) in the next round.

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