The Battle of Unlikely Semi-finalists
Cameron Norrie and Borna Coric are set to battle in the Western and Southern Open semifinal. The stakes could be any higher, with a spot in the final of the prestigious ATP Masters 1000 event on the line. So, who will advance?
Read on for our semifinal preview of the much-anticipated showdown between Cameron Norrie and Borna Coric at the Western and Southern Open. We’ll check the latest Tennis news, stats, injury reports, and Tennis odds for this ATP Masters 1000 semi-final matchup and serve up our choice Tennis picks and predictions for you to consider.
ATP Cincinnati Outrights
- Daniil Medvedev -138
- Stefanos Tsitsipas +350
- Cameron Norrie +350
- Borna Coric +850
Norrie Upsets Alcaraz.
Britain’s No. 1 Norrie defied the tennis odds and pulled off his first win over Carlos Alcaraz on Friday as he beat the rising sensation in three sets, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-4.
It marked his first win over Alcaraz in four matches after entering their quarterfinal match trailing 0-3 lifetime and 0-2 in 2022. Most recently, Norrie had lost to Alcaraz in back-to-back Masters at Indian Wells and Miami.
Norrie truly rose to the occasion. The Spaniard was playing lights-out tennis, but Norrie used his guile and experience to finally get into the win column, though it really could have gone either way.
Norrie has had a fantastic summer since he reached the Wimbledon semifinals. He was a finalist in Los Cabos (two weeks ago), losing to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets, 7-5, 6-0.
He also reached the R16 in Montreal last week, where he lost to Felix Auger Aliassime 3-6. 4-6. In total, Norrie’s record during the summer US Open series swing is 5-2.
It hurts to lose matches like yesterday's , but you have to look at the positives for the @usopen! 🗽Congrats to @cam_norrie and good luck today! 🍀 pic.twitter.com/QQuWP1YL1M
— Carlos Alcaraz (@carlosalcaraz) August 20, 2022
Coric’s Dream Run Continues
Coric’s resurgence continues in Cincinnati as he blasts into the semifinals on the back of successive upsets. He’s one win away from the final of an ATP Masters 1000 event and leapfrogging back into the Top 100.
The unseeded Croatian booked his place in the final four with a straight-sets win over Canada’s Auger-Aliassime. Coric served up a storm in the straight set 6-4, 6-4 win. He also never faced a breakpoint in the match.
Coric delivered one of the biggest upsets of the tournament when he sent Rafael Nadal packing 7-6 (9), 4-6. 6-3 in the R32. To date,, it was the only match in which he dropped a set.
Norrie vs Coric Head-to-Head
Norrie and Coric are level 1-1 lifetime after splitting two meetings between 2018 and 2019.
Norrie took the first meeting in Shenzhen, China. 6-4, 7-6 (8).
Coric won their clash in the R16 of the Rome Masters (clay), 6-2, 6-2.
Norrie vs Coric Game Information
- Game: Cameron Norrie (27-18) vs Borna Coric (4-8)
- Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
- Day/Time: Saturday, Aug, 20, 6:00 p.m. ET (Not Before )
- TV Broadcast: Tennis Channel
- Norrie vs Coric Live Stream: tennistv.com
Norrie vs Coric Betting Verdict
Norrie has the ranking advantage and the overall form this season that makes him the betting online favorite to win this match.
Norrie is priced at -140 at the sportsbook exchange. That said, Coric is merely a small underdog at +120, which implies that he has a stake in the win, too.
Coric is a former Top 20 player who ranked as high as No. 12. It’s easy to forget players that were once on the top but that have fallen out the Top 100 and thereby out of favor. Coric’s resurgence this week is a timely reminder of his skill, quality and talent. It’s no mean feat to beat Nadal, even a rusty one.
All told, this will be an interesting contest that could go either way. Norrie is instinctively the smart bet to win while Coric is the sentimental bet. One really wants to root for him on his comeback trail.
Smile if you never lost a match to Borna Coric pic.twitter.com/CSlMrTfByL
— Soumya (@9_2_7_3) August 18, 2022