Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie overpowered Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-0, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the Indian Wells Masters.
The 26-year-old will also replace Dan Evans as the new British No 1 on Monday and is set to crack the top 20 in the ATP Tour rankings.
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Norrie entered the Indian Wells event at a career-high No 26 in the world rankings. He now also boasts 45 match wins for the season – one win more than world No 1 Novak Djokovic.
“Everything went my way today,” Norrie said in his on-court interview. “Right from the beginning I was timing the ball well. I thought I was in for a long match because the previous times we have played have been so long and so physical so I was ready for that. I hit a lot of lines in the first set and stayed tough in the second and served well when I needed to. I am so happy to be through, it is such a big win for me.”
Norrie next faces Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who outlasted eighth seeded Pole Hubert Hurkacz in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2).
The Brit is also in with a shot to reach the ATP Tour Finals in Turin. Norrie began the Schwartzman match in 13th place (2 010 points) in the ATP Race To Turin, 945 points behind Hurkacz in ninth.
He has also now won three of four career matches against Schwartzman.
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