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British No. 1 title ‘nice bonus’ as Norrie advances at Indian Wells

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Oct 14 (Reuters) – Becoming the British No. 1 is a “great bonus,” Cameron Norrie mentioned on Thursday, after gorgeous Diego Schwartzman 6-0 6-2 to succeed in his first-ever Masters 1000 semi-final at Indian Wells.

The Fifteenth-ranked Schwartzman was closely favoured towards Norrie however had no solutions of their quarter-final, as the 26-year-old picked up his forty fifth win of the yr and is now set to crack the highest 20 of the world rankings on Monday.

“Definitely my biggest match of my career,” mentioned Norrie, who picked up his first ATP title at the Los Cabos Open in July.

“Honestly out there, once the match begun, I was feeling very relaxed, and I was very in the present. I wasn’t really thinking too much and just going out and playing just like another match.”

It was the newest success for Norrie in a transformative yr, after he defeated Wimbledon semifinalist Denis Shapovalov and world quantity 5 Andrey Rublev earlier this month en path to the San Diego Open ultimate, the place he misplaced to Norway’s Casper Ruud.

He reached the finals of the Queen’s Club Championships, Lyon Open and Estoril Open this yr, as effectively.

“It was never really a goal of mine, but it’s definitely a great bonus to be British No. 1,” he instructed reporters. “I want to keep pushing. I think I’ve got a lot of things to improve on, but I think it’s one of those things you’ve got to enjoy.”

He subsequent faces Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who survived a third-set tiebreak towards eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz of their quarter-final on Thursday, a day after he surprised number-one seed Daniil Medvedev.

“I’m just really pleased to be playing my best level at these bigger events. Just enjoying the process and enjoying playing the bigger matches,” he mentioned.

“There is always going to be a bigger match and a bigger opportunity. I was just happy with how I handled myself in terms of the situation today.”

Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York
Editing by Chris Reese

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