Cameron Norrie reaches Indian Wells semifinals to become Britain’s number one

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 number one 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.

Cameron Norrie celebrates victory (Mark J. Terrill / AP)

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Norrie took a 4-0 lead over the world number 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.

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



For my biggest game of my career, playing like I did and performing like I did was the most important thing I’m happiest with today.

Cameron Norrie

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.

Speaking after the win, Norrie said: “It was definitely my biggest game of my career that has probably started. Once the game started I felt very relaxed and I was very in the present. not really thinking too much and I would go out and play like another game.

“I thought it would always be difficult against Diego and happy to play like I did. I think that was the most awesome thing for me – for my biggest game of my career playing like I did and performing like I did was the most important thing I’m happiest with today. “

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 number one.

Norrie was thrilled to take the top spot, but insisted he would continue to aim for further success, stating: “It was never really a goal of mine, but it’s definitely a great bonus to be Britain’s number one.

“I want to keep pushing. I think I have a lot of things to improve on, but I think this is one of those things that you have to appreciate. “

Norrie will face Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals at Indian Wells after the experienced Bulgarian battled to defeat Polish world number 12 Hubert Hurkacz 3-6 6-4 7-6 (2).

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