World No. 12 Cameron Norrie claimed a straight-set win over Jenson Brooksby but afterward insisted it wasn't an easy match at all. Norrie, the defending Indian Wells Masters champion, saw off Brooksby 6-2 6-4 to progress into the Indian Wells quarterfinal.
“It was really difficult. I love playing on this court, obviously,” Norrie said, per the ATP Tour website. “Jenson’s so tricky and came out with a gameplan and managed to execute from the beginning and didn’t really miss too much.
[I had] one slight lapse in concentration in the second set, but [I am] really enjoying my tennis and happy to sneak through another one”.
Norrie beat Brooksby to set up a Carlos Alcaraz clash
Norrie started the match with back-to-back breaks and a 4-0 lead, before serving out for the first set in the eighth game.
Brooksby opened an early 3-0 lead in the second set but Norrie responded with back-to-back breaks to overturn the deficit and take a 4-3 lead. Norrie got broken back in the eighth game but broke Brooksby again in the ninth game and served out for the match in the following game.
“[It was] a little bit of cat and mouse,” said Norrie. “I just backed myself physically, I was trying to make it that the longer the rallies went, I think the better [it was] for me. I just managed to execute and serve a little bit better than him down the stretch and I think that was the difference in that second set”.
Norrie plays rising Spanish star Alcaraz in the quarterfinal. Alcaraz defeated Brooksby in straight sets at last year's US Open. “I’m feeling good physically and I like the conditions here, but I got absolutely whacked by him last time,” said Norrie.
“He’s one of the best up-and-coming players, really solid both sides, he won [an ATP 500 event] earlier this year. So he’s confident, and it’s going to be a tough one, but [I am] looking forward to hopefully getting some revenge on him”.