Cameron Norrie eased past Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters with a straight sets win, and in doing so became the British No 1
Cameron Norrie will become British No 1 thanks to another impressive performance at Indian Wells, as he thrashed Diego Schwartzmann in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2 to book a place in the semi-finals.
Norrie moves into the final four of the California competition for the very first time in his career, and in doing so will become the British No 1 seed when rankings are updated on Monday.
The South African-born player put in a scintillating showing in the Indian Wells sun, as he eased the world No 15 aside in the early stages by winning the first set without dropping a game in just over half-an-hour.
The 26-year-old continued his hot form into set two, as after being level at 2-2 through the opening four games, he then went on to win another four on the bounce to record a crushing defeat over the usually impressive Argentinian.
The superb showing will see Norrie move into the world’s top 20 for the very first time in his career.
He will also move past fellow Brit Dan Evans – who lost to Schwartzmann earlier in the event – to become the highest ranking Brit in the world.
Following his straight sets quarter-final win Norrie described the triumph as the ‘biggest of his career’.
He said: “It was such a big moment for me playing my first Masters 1,000 quarter-final, especially against Diego.
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“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.”
The 26-year-old also went on to add that he had to be ‘careful’ when taking on Schwartzmann, who is regarded by many as one of the best in the world.
Norrie added: “With Diego you have to be careful. He snuck through a couple of matches already this tournament. I had to keep my foot down and was able to get that second break and relax and play some great tennis.”
After taking over the British No 1 title with the win, one man who has held that title before, Greg Rusedski described the performance as Norrie’s ‘best on a tennis court’.
He told Amazon Prime: “It’s been an incredible performance from Norrie. The best tennis I’ve ever seen him play to dismantle Schwartzman.
“He’s now got a great chance to reach his first final. In my opinion it was probably his best performance on a tennis court.”
The 26-year-old will now take on Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the final four on Saturday for an all-important place in the final.