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.


Norrie is very good at adjusting to what he sees during the match, which will be important against a player like Alcaraz. The youngster has been nearly unbeatable in the 2022 season, but he's not immune to some hang-ups along the way. If Norrie finds anything that isn’t working in Alcaraz's game, he’ll do his best to pick it apart and find a way to hang around. He’ll also use his experience in his last match against to his advantage.

In Alcaraz’s match against world No. 27 Nikoloz Basilashvili in the last round, the youngster was broken three times. Basilashvili is an erratic player on his best day, so it isn’t surprising that he squandered some of those opportunities. But that won’t be the case with Norrie, who just knows how to win matches.

Overall, Alcaraz is likely going to end up getting through to the next round. But Alcaraz has dropped at least one set in four of his last seven clay-court matches. Norrie has the ability to be the next player to take one from him. And with these enticing odds, it’s hard not to at least take a shot on it.

The Pick: Norrie To Win A Set (+135)