British number two Cameron Norrie, and Argentinian number one Diego Schwartzman face off for the fourth time in their careers, in what is the first Indian Wells quarter final for either of them.
As stated these two have faced off three times, Antwerp in 2018, Acapulco in 2019 and at the US Open in 2020, with Norrie winning their last two meetings and Schwartzman winning the first.
Neither of these players are especially powerful, both are more defensive baseliners. Schwartzman’s best attribute is his speed, whereas Norrie’s is his stamina.
Norrie is on for his best season and is even in the race for the tour finals, but Schwartzman has experienced more success in his career and holds a higher ranking at world No. 15. The 26-year-old British player is ranked only 26.
The 21st seeded Norrie had a relatively easy route to the quarterfinals, beating Americans Tennys Sandgren and Tommy Paul in the second and fourth rounds respectively. His hardest challenge was 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut, which went to three sets in the third round.
11th seed Schwartzman’s route saw him take down qualifier Maxime Cressy, 18th seed Dan Evans, and sixth seed Casper Ruud. Schwartzman won the first two rounds in three setters, but dispatched San Diego champion Ruud in two sets, 6-3, 6-3.
Both players on their best Indian wells runs, though Schwartzman has been a masters 1000 finalist before.
The last Argentinian to make the semifinals was Juan Martin Del Potro in 2018, who won the event.
The last Brit in the semifinals was Andy Murray in 2015.
Both players stand a good chance of winning, it could be close. However, the form of Norrie, style matchup, and history between the players suggests that Norrie is the more likely of the two to advance.