Cameron Norrie reaches Indian Wells semifinals to become Britain’s No.1 with victory over Diego Schwartzman | Tennis News

Cameron Norrie beat Diego Schwartzman 6-0 6-2 to qualify for the last four of the BNP Paribas Open; 26-year-old overtakes Dan Evans to become Britain’s No.1

Last update: 10/14/21 10:15 p.m.

Cameron Norrie secured a final four berth at Indian Wells on Thursday

Cameron Norrie secured a final four berth at Indian Wells on Thursday

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

Norrie finished second at the San Diego Open earlier this month and reached the last eight of a Masters 1000 event for the first time, beating Tommy Paul in straight sets.

The 26-year-old, however, wasted no time taking the initiative against 11th seed Schwartzman on Thursday.

Norrie took a 4-0 lead over the world No.15 before another break and saw him take the first set to love in just 31 minutes.

Schwartzman finally made it into the table in the opening game of the second set.

Norrie, however, got an early break when Schwartzman sent in a long return only to then fail to hold at 2-2.

Argentina's Diego Schwartzman failed to keep Norrie at bay

Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman failed to keep Norrie at bay

Schwartzman was then shattered again in games five and seventh, returning momentum to his British rival, who moved closer to victory.

Norrie served her first match point to love when another Schwartzman comeback was a long one, completing a complete 6-0 6-2 win in one hour and 13 minutes.

Following his run to the semi-finals, Norrie is set to enter the top 20 in the world – and thus replace Dan Evans as Britain’s No.1.

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