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Norrie through to quarter-finals in Indian Wells I Medvedev out

Cameron Norrie moves to within one win of replacing Dan Evans as the British No 1 after reaching the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells; top seed Daniil Medvedev crashes out to Grigor Dimitrov

Last Updated: 14/10/21 10:37am

Cameron Norrie defeated Tommy Paul to set up a quarter-final meeting with Diego Schwartzman

Cameron Norrie defeated Tommy Paul to set up a quarter-final meeting with Diego Schwartzman

Cameron Norrie made it through to the quarter-final of a Masters 1000 event for the first time, while top seed Daniil Medvedev crashed out.

The British No 2 defeated Tommy Paul at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, overcoming the American in three sets to reach the last eight with a 6-4 4-6 6-2 victory.

“I’m going and just playing, and I think a big part of that is on my serve. I’m hitting the spot better in the bigger moments and being able to play on my terms in the bigger moments,” said Norrie.

“All the way through this year I have been playing great in big moments, and I have come good a lot of the time. I know I’ve got that in the bank, and there is a good chance throughout the year I have been doing it, so I have the confidence to do it again.”

Norrie broke serve early on in the first set before a string of errors from Paul gifted his opponent a second successive break of serve.

Norrie surged into a 4-1 lead but Paul got a break back to move within one game of the Briton, who held his nerve to serve out the set.

An exchange of breaks in the second set saw it go down to the wire before being decided by the American breaking serve in the 10th game to take the set and level up the match.

There were also early breaks of serve each in the deciding set before Norrie surged clear to take the win, moving him to within one more victory of replacing Dan Evans as the British No 1.

Top seed Medvedev crashed out after a three-set defeat to Grigor Dimitrov.

The Bulgarian staged a spectacular fightback from a set and a double-break down to triumph 4-6 6-4 6-3 as the newly-crowned US Open champion’s game collapsed.

“I don’t remember myself losing three service games, even four service games ever, I guess, on hard courts,” said Medvedev.

“That shows how slow this court is and the conditions, more like clay, I would say, which I don’t like, because to lose four times the serve is just unacceptable.”

Diego Schwartzman is also through to the quarter-finals after a 6-3 6-3 win against Casper Rudd, while there was also a straight-sets victory for Hubert Hurkacz who overcame Aslan Karatsev 6-1 6-3.

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Queen heartbreak: Monarch ‘prayed’ through turbulent royal year

Queen heartbreak: Monarch 'prayed’ through turbulent royal year

On April 9, Prince Philip died at 99 years old, with the Duke of Edinburgh laid to rest on April 17 at Windsor Castle. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also stepped down from royal duties in March, and Prince Andrew has become embattled in a lawsuit over allegations of sexual abuse. 

Matthew Dennison, royal author, said Her Majesty has turned to her faith to help cope with the dramas of the Royal Family. 

He said: “She has a strong religious faith. 

“One of the things that the queen has done is pray throughout all of this. 

“She also has a loyal, supportive group of private secretaries, ladies in waiting and devoted friends who have been a strong system around her. 

“She also has the support of her close-knit family.”

Speaking to Fox News, Mr Dennison suggested the Queen “finds it difficult to confront difficult issues”.

However, he noted: “I think she has gotten better over time.”

He also told the US outlet he thinks Her Majesty has no plans to abdicate despite the loss of Philip earlier this year.

The author added: “There wasn’t ever a realistic expectation that the death of the Duke of Edinburgh would lead the queen to abdicate. 

“In the very few times she has spoken about it to her close friends, she has always been quite clear that the promises she made in her coronation are binding. 

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“These are promises she made to God in the church. These are holy promises.”

Mr Dennison also said The Queen is close with Harry despite his and Meghan’s move to the US.

He said: “She reacted very sensitively to her grandson, but she also reacted very clearly and strongly,. 

“There is no doubt that the queen felt a level of disappointment by what has happened. And when the interview [with Oprah] aired, it was quite shocking in Britain.”

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It comes after Her Majesty praised BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’ for showing “Christianity as a living faith”.

In a pre-recorded message for the programme, she said: “For 60 years, ‘Songs of Praise’ has drawn together congregations and BBC viewers throughout the United Kingdom in collective worship.

“During that time, the program has shown Christianity as a living faith not only through hymns and worship songs but also by featuring the many people who have put their faith at the centre of their lives.

“I congratulate ‘Songs of Praise’ and all those involved in the program on its 60th anniversary.”

In 2020, royal historian Robert Lacey told People magazine that the Queen’s faith has been essential during her reign.

He said: “She sees it in the bigger context of her religious faith and of a God who holds her family in his hands. 

“It is the solid and simple faith that sustains the Queen.”

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