Britain’s No. 2 Cameron Norrie continues excellent form and reaches the quarter-finals in Indian Wells
Britain’s No. 2 Cameron Norrie continues his excellent form as he reaches the quarter-finals in Indian Wells with victory over American Tommy Paul – matching the annual total of 44 wins of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
- Cameron Norrie made it to the last eight at Indian Wells with a hard-fought win
- Britain’s No. 2 defeated American Tommy Paul in three sets, 6-4 4-6 6-2, in the heat
- The 26-year-old southpaw now faces 11-seeded Diego Schwartzman
- Norrie has won exactly as many wins as Novak Djokovic this season
Cam Norrie’s reasonable impression of a thresher continued on Wednesday night as he worked his way into a final eight.
The British number two advanced to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open with a brief 6-4 4-6 6-2 victory over American Tommy Paul who took two hours and fifteen minutes in the desert heat.
A run of six consecutive service interruptions ended with a 3-2 service in the deciding period in which he was able to defend his lead.
Cameron Norrie battled his way into one last eight of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells
The British runner-up defeated American Tommy Paul 6-4 4-6 6-2 in the California heat
Norrie has now won 44 games on tour in 2021, following his recent appearance in the San Diego Open final with three more wins in the last six days.
While it’s a simplistic comparison, he’s racked up exactly as many wins this season as Novak Djokovic, who skipped this tournament. Only five players have won more often since January.
The 26-year-old southpaw is now up against No. 1 1st-ever Diego Schwartzman, conquering Dan Evans in the third round. The little Argentinian defeated another form player of the tour, Norwegian Casper Ruud, 6-3 6-3 and they will play on Thursday.
Should Norrie be victorious, he will keep his hopes alive to make it to the eight-man ATP Tour Finals and move from London to Turin this year.
The Putney player is officially only 27th in the current formula, but in terms of annual ‘race’ he is up to thirteen. With Rafael Nadal permanently out of the final, the minimum cut for the lucrative event will be ninth place.
Norrie has kept his hopes alive to make it to the eight-man ATP Tour Finals in Turin next month
The American, ranked 54th in the world, had beaten him in both previous encounters
On Thursday night, he makes his first quarter-finals of an event of this magnitude, a measure of the astonishing progress he’s made over the past 12 months. If he wins, he will take over Dan Evans as UK number one.
The prevailing conditions in this parched area of California fit Norrie’s game. The slow hard court with a relatively high bounce made his defense difficult to penetrate, and Paul was unable to punch many holes in him.
The American, ranked 54 in the world, had beaten him in both previous encounters. Norrie, however, has steadily improved every facet of his game and quickly took the lead.
The American mixed it up more in the second set and the bizarre series of breaks started at the end of it. A third marathon race from the decider saw Norrie need eleven break points to win it and he ended up being more durable.
Norrie has steadily improved every facet of his game this year and quickly took the lead
“It was hard to slip through. I managed not to get too down, I don’t play my best, but I fight hard,” said Norrie.
“He is a difficult player. I tried to stay hard when I played a bad game, and he gave me a few free things at the end.
“After four years on tour, I am now more mature in dealing with the bigger moments and I am happy to get through such a messy game like today. I’ll have to rest my legs and get ready to run again tomorrow.’