Cameron Norrie, a British player, matches Novak Djokovic’s feat as his extraordinary run continues.
Norrie defeated Tommy Paul in the quarterfinals of an ATP Masters 1000 competition for the first time at Indian Wells.
Cameron Norrie, a British tennis player, has advanced to the final eight of the Indian Wells Masters in California, extending his greatest season yet. Despite “not really playing my best,” the Briton reached the quarter-finals of an ATP 1000 competition for the first time by defeating home favorite Tommy Paul.
And it was a big victory, as it tied him with Novak Djokovic for the most wins in 2021.
That performance would be amazing in any year, but given the Serbian’s accomplishments this year, it is a significant success for the Briton.
This year, Djokovic won three Grand Slams and reached the final of another, as well as winning an ATP event in his hometown of Belgrade and reaching the final of an ATP Masters event in Rome in May.
In 2021, the 20-time Grand Slam winner has won 44 matches, a total that Norrie has now matched after his triumph over Paul.
This victory puts him in sixth place among men’s players so far this season, with more to follow.
Norrie was extremely happy to go to the quarter-finals of an ATP Masters 1000 competition for the first time after a tense match.
He commented after his victory with Paul, “I think it was definitely a hard match going in, a significant contest for both of us.” “I got off to a good start, started strong, and was serving effectively. I believe I made relatively few unforced mistakes.
“I believe I lost a little bit of confidence on my serve at 5-1 and then didn’t serve as well for the next hour or so.” I was able to maintain my toughness throughout.
“I think the most important thing today was that I stayed level-headed and battled every point as hard as I could, and there was no easy way to win.”
In the last eight, Norrie will face Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, who beat world number 10 Casper Ruud in the previous round.
The British No. 1 knows he’ll have to be at the top of his game to beat the former French Open semi-finalist, and a win here would propel him to the top of the British rankings.
“Brinkwire Summary News” says, “I’m extremely glad to.”