In the round of 16 at the Mutua Madrid Open, world No. 9 Carlos Alcaraz will look to win his seventh match in a row when he faces world No. 11 Cameron Norrie. Alcaraz, who just won his first Masters 1000 title in Miami—and won Barcelona last week—is on a mission, and the fans in Madrid are hoping to see another clash between the teenager and his idol, Rafael Nadal. That dream match is looking more realistic by the day, but Norrie is a tough player and this won't be a pushover by any stretch.
These two players met in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells back in March, when Alcaraz came away with a 6-4, 6-3 win in an hour and 44 minutes. Norrie made the Spaniard work pretty hard in that match, and that is just the type of tennis you can expect from the Brit. Norrie doesn’t possess the same talent as others at the top of the men’s game, and he isn’in the same ballpark as Alcaraz when it comes to natural ability, but the lefty is an extremely smart player, and he knows how pick his spots on the court.