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Norrie downs Dimitrov to reach Indian Wells final

Cameron Norrie will replace Dan Evans as British No 1 on Monday and has a chance to become just the second British man to win a 1000 level event when he faces either Nikoloz Basilashvili or Taylor Fritz in Sunday’s final

Last Updated: 17/10/21 12:05am

Cameron Norrie knocked out Grigor Dimitrov to reach the Indian Wells final (AP)

Cameron Norrie knocked out Grigor Dimitrov to reach the Indian Wells final (AP)

Cameron Norrie’s sensational year has another first after a brilliant 6-2 6-4 victory over Grigor Dimitrov took the Brit into his first Masters-level final at the BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells.

The 26-year-old made short work of Dimitrov – who had accounted for US Open champion Daniil Medvedev in the last 16 – with a brisk straight-sets victory that took him into a final showdown with either Nikoloz Basilashvili or Taylor Fritz.

Norrie dismantled 11th seed Diego Schwartzman to reach the last four, a win that guaranteed he would replace Dan Evans as the British No 1 and his run to the final in the Californian desert means he will rise to at least 17 in the updated rankings on Monday.

More importantly, Norrie is now just one match win away from the second, and biggest, title of his career, coming just three months after his first in Los Cabos in July. His final on Sunday night will follow the women’s final between Paula Badosa and Viktoria Azarenka.

“The match against Diego gave me a lot of confidence and to do it in that fashion, so I felt really good and really comfortable coming out today,” Norrie told Amazon Prime after reaching an ATP-Tour leading sixth final of the season, level with Novak Djokovic.

“I came out the exact same way, really physical, a lot of balls in the court and I was able to dictate with my forehand and pin him to the backhand side. I’m becoming more and more comfortable in Indian Wells.

“Biggest win of my career for sure, he made it difficult in the second set, he was slicing a lot and taking my legs away a little bit too but I managed to serve well in those games and get through them and I think it frustrated him a little bit so I think I had a really good game plan.”

Cameron Norrie’s run to Indian Wells Final

First Round bye
Second Round beat Tennys Sandgren 6-4 5-7 6-0
Third Round beat (15) Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 5-7 6-3
Fourth Round beat Tommy Paul 6-4 4-6 6-2
Quarter-Final beat (11) Diego Schwartzman 6-0 6-2
Semi-Final beat (23) Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-4

After racing through the first set in just over half an hour, Norrie – the highest-ranked player in the field after surprise exits for Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev, among others – was forced to work harder in the second set before eventually accounting for the three-time Grand Slam semi-finalist in 96 minutes.

Leading by a set, Norrie broke early in the second and looked set to be cruising into the final, but Dimitrov dug deep and having come from a set and two breaks down against Medvedev, hinted at another comeback when he threatened to break straight back.

But Norrie has shown an ability to go deep and has proved to be a physical match for almost everyone else on tour this year and having fended off Dimitrov to lead 3-1, shared the next six games to get across the finish line in style.

Norrie is the first British player to reach the final at one of the ATP’s elite Masters events since Andy Murray in Paris in 2016, and as well as the title, the British No 1 ranking and a place in the world’s top 20, Norrie is within touching distance of a place in the elite eight-man end-of-season ATP Finals in Turin.

After another impressive victory, he will likely start as the favourite against whoever emerges from the other semi-final, either the world no 39 Fritz or world no 36 Basilashvili.

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Norrie reaches Indian Wells semi-finals

Cameron Norrie defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-0 6-2 to progress to the last four of the BNP Paribas Open; the 26-year-old overtakes Dan Evans to become the British No 1

Last Updated: 14/10/21 10:15pm

Cameron Norrie secured a spot in the last four at Indian Wells on Thursday

Cameron Norrie secured a spot in the last four at Indian Wells on Thursday

Cameron Norrie booked his place in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells with an impressive straight-sets victory over Diego Schwartzman to secure the British No 1 ranking.

Norrie was runner-up at the San Diego Open earlier this month and reached the last eight of a Masters 1000 event for the first time by battling past Tommy Paul in three sets.

The 26-year-old, though, wasted little time in taking the early initiative against 11th seed Schwartzman on Thursday.

Norrie raced into a 4-0 lead against the world No 15 before another break and hold saw him take the opening set to love in just 31 minutes.

Schwartzman eventually got on the board in the opening game of the second set.

Norrie, though, gained an early break when Schwartzman sent a return long only to then fail to hold himself at 2-2.

Argentina's Diego Schwartzman was unable to keep Norrie at bay

Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman was unable to keep Norrie at bay

Schwartzman was then broken again in the fifth and seventh games, swinging the momentum back towards his British rival, who closed in on victory.

Norrie served out his first match point to love when another Schwartzman return went long, completing a comprehensive 6-0 6-2 victory in one hour and 13 minutes.

As a result of his run to the semi-finals, Norrie is set to break into the world’s top 20 – and so replace Dan Evans as the British No 1.

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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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