Norrie relieved to make San Diego semis

03 October 2021 00:25:43 GMTPlus11
Norrie is into the semis in San Diego

Briton Cameron Norrie admitted he struggled early on but was relieved to eventually make the semi-finals of the San Diego Open after beating Canada's Denis Shapovalov.

Norrie is 12/5 to win his next match in the tournament against Andrey Rublev, who is 1/3 to come out on top.

Norrie, who has already beaten Dominik Koepfer and compatriot Dan Evans in the event, prevailed in straight sets for the third successive match with a 6-3 6-1 win over Shapovalov.

It was tricky for me to get into my rhythm early on.

Cameron Norrie

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The first set had gone 3-3 but Norrie broke away by claiming three games in a row, breaking his opponent twice in the process, and he did not look back.

Disappointing US Open campaign

The 26-year-old's progression in San Diego follows a rather underwhelming performance in last month's US Open, in which he lost in the first round to Spanish starlet Carlos Alcaraz Garfia.

But Norrie has shown signs of improvement in 2021, having reached the third round of Wimbledon during the summer, before losing to Swiss legend Roger Federer.

The win in San Diego was also the second time Norrie has beaten Shapovalov this year with the Briton having come out on top 7-5 6-3 when the pair met at the Queen's Club Championships back in June.

Norrie's semi-final opponent Rublev swatted aside unseeded American Brandon Nakashima before another straight-sets success over sixth seed Diego Schwartzman to make the last four.

The winner of their match will face either Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov or second seed Casper Ruud in the tournament's final.

Mexico title

Norrie is hoping to add to his maiden ATP Tour title at Los Cabos in Mexico earlier this year.

Following the win over Shapovalov, he admitted he was slow starting before coming out on top.

He said: "It was tricky for me to get into my rhythm early on. But I was able to hold onto my serve early in the first set and then get some returns when I needed them."

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