Tennis News: Cameron Norrie advanced to the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals at Indian Wells with a straight-sets victory over Diego Schwartzman, securing the British No. 1 position.
Norrie, the world No. 26, finished runner-up at the San Diego Open earlier this month and advanced to the final eight of a Masters 1000 event for the first time by defeating Tommy Paul in three sets.
The 26-year-old, on the other hand, wasted no time in seizing the early lead against 11th seed Schwartzman on Thursday.
Norrie raced out to a 4-0 lead against the world No. 15 before another break and hold saw him claim the first set to love in 31 minutes.
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Schwartzman finally got on the board in the second set’s first game.
Norrie, on the other hand, took an early lead when Schwartzman sent a long return, only to lose the game at 2-2.
Schwartzman was broken again in the fifth and seventh games, reversing the momentum back to his British opponent, who was closing in on victory.
When another Schwartzman return went long, Norrie served out his first match point to love, completing a 6-0 6-2 triumph in one hour and 13 minutes.
“I’m overjoyed to be through,” Norrie stated after the game. “With all of the circumstances and pressure, it’s the biggest triumph of my career.” I was pleased with everything.
“Playing my first Masters quarter-final, especially against Diego, was a huge moment for me this morning. He’s a fantastic competitor, and I was expecting a real fight.”
Norrie is poised to break into the world’s top 20 as a result of his run to the semi-finals, and thereby replace Dan Evans as the British No. 1.
“It was never really an aim of mine, but it’s absolutely a fantastic bonus to be British number one,” Norrie, who won his 45th ATP Tour match this season, said.
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“I’d like to keep pushing. I think I have a lot to work on, but I think it’s one of those things you have to appreciate.”
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