Norrie continues Indian Wells march

14 October 2021 21:31:25 GMTPlus11
Norrie is through to the Indian Wells quarters

Cameron Norrie believes he is playing the big moments well after he booked his place in the quarter-finals of Indian Wells Masters with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Tommy Paul.

It is the first time British star Norrie has ever made it through to the last eight of an ATP Masters 1000 event and is 3/1 to go on and claim what would be the biggest title of his career to date.

I'm actually, in the big moments, serving well.

Cameron Norrie

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The 26-year-old's run in California is the latest success in what has been a breakthrough season, as he has won a total of 44 matches on the ATP Tour this year, the sixth most of any player alongside world number one Novak Djokovic.

The world number 26 has also contested five ATP Tour finals in 2021, claiming his maiden title at the Los Cabos Open in July, while his run in Indian Wells had already seen him overcome 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut before he got the better of home favourite Paul.

Schwartzman next up

Norrie's reward for beating Paul will be a clash with 11th seed Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals and victory over the Argentine would see him overtake Dan Evans as British number one.

That would be an impressive achievement, although Norrie is not getting too carried away after seeing off world number 60 Paul.

"I was just pleased to be through," Norrie told reporters. "Not really playing my best but fighting hard and competing as hard as I can. I'm actually, in the big moments, serving well."

Medvedev out

Wednesday night's other big result from Indian Wells saw US Open champion and top seed Daniil Medvedev lose in three sets to Grigor Dimitrov.

Medvedev was at one stage a set and 4-1 up, but former world number three Dimitrov proceeded to win eight straight games before sealing the victory and setting up a quarter-final clash with eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz.

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