This will be the first time these two players will play against each other.
Cameron Norrie and Filip Krajinovic will be competing in the main draw of the Madrid Masters 1000 for the first time in their careers.
I really liked Cameron Norrie last week in Estoril. And I must say that he came very close to lifting the trophy. On the other hand, I wasn’t really thrilled by Filip Krajinovic’s last performances, as I often found him too passive and lacking consistency in rallies (which is normally his strength).
Cameron Norrie is coming out of a big week in Portugal where he reached the final. He will not have had much time to recover, and this could obviously play in favor of Filip Krajinovic.
In terms of the faster playing conditions than in other tournaments, I’m not sure this will put one player over the other. Indeed, we are dealing with two guys who are comfortable on all surfaces.
I’m going to favor a win for the British here, because he’s made the best impression on me since the beginning of this clay court period. He’s a very scrappy guy who expresses a conquering mindset, and that could succeed in controlling a sometimes overly wait-and-see Filip Krajinovic.
Also, I can see Cameron Norrie being able to get past Filip Krajinovic more than once with his accelerating backhand that has done a lot of damage in his previous matches.
So I’m left with a victory for the last finalist in Estoril. Nevertheless, his recovery will be a determining factor. As well as the level of play proposed by Filip Krajinovic. If he can get his fingers out of his butt, then this match will be very balanced (and therefore crisp).
Prediction: Cameron Norrie wins