Classy Cam hits new heights
Cameron Norrie is the new British No.1 after hailing his straight-sets obliteration of Diego Schwartzman the "biggest win of my career" as he stormed into the Indian Wells semi-finals.
The 26-year-old left-hander crushed world No.15 Schwartzman 6-0 6-2 to set up a last-four showdown with Grigor Dimitrov, a match he is 10/11 to win.
Norrie had never before reached the quarter-finals of a Masters 1,000 event but showed no inhibitions during a 73-minute demolition of his Argentine opponent.
It was just the latest remarkable performance in a stellar year for Norrie, who on Monday will officially replace Dan Evans as Britain's top-ranked player and will almost certainly find himself inside the world's top 20.
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Going into 2021, Norrie was ranked 74 and boasted just 51 ATP Tour wins. This year alone he has chalked up 45 victories - which is one more than Novak Djokovic - and is one match away from reaching a sixth final since May.
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The South African-born star first has to get past Bulgaria's former world No.3 Dimitrov, a three-set winner over Poland's Hubert Hurkacz, but his confidence will be sky-high after the ease with which he brushed aside Schwartzman.
"It was such a big moment for me playing my first Masters 1,000 quarter-final, especially against Diego," Norrie said in his on-court interview.
"I thought I was in for an absolute battle. It's probably the biggest win of my career. I'm really happy with the way I handled everything. I was able to relax and play some great tennis."