Indian Wells: Cameron Norrie reached the quarter-finals of a Masters 1000 event for the first time, while top seed Daniil Medvedev was eliminated.
The British No. 2 defeated Tommy Paul in three sets at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, winning 6-4 4-6 6-2 to go to the quarterfinals.
“I’m just going out there and playing, and I believe a major part of that is due to my serve. I’m hitting the mark more consistently in big moments and being able to play on my terms in big occasions “Norrie stated.
“I’ve been playing terrific on huge occasions all year, and I’ve come out on top a lot of the time. I know I’ve got that in the bank, and there’s a strong chance I’ve been doing it all year, so I’m confident I can do it again.”
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🇬🇧 Norrie v. Schwartzman 🇦🇷
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Norrie broke service early in the first set, but Paul’s blunders allowed his opponent to break serve for the second time.
Norrie took a 4-1 lead, but Paul came back with a break to get within one game of the Briton, who held his composure to serve out the set.
After an exchange of breaks in the second set, it came down to the wire, with the American breaking serve in the 10th game winning the set and tying the match.
There were also early breaks of serving in the deciding set as Norrie went ahead to win, bringing him one victory closer to displacing Dan Evans as the British No. 1.
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The number one seed Medvedev was eliminated following a three-set loss to Grigor Dimitrov.
As the newly-crowned US Open champion’s form crumbled, the Bulgarian completed a stunning comeback from a set and a double-break down to win 4-6 6-4 6-3.
“I don’t remember ever losing three or four service games on hard courts,” Medvedev remarked.
“That demonstrates how slow this court is and the conditions, which are more like clay, which I don’t like, since losing four times the service is simply unacceptable.”
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Diego Schwartzman advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-3 triumph over Casper Rudd, and Hubert Hurkacz also won in straight sets, beating Aslan Karatsev 6-1 6-3.
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