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Norrie passes to the quarterfinals at Indian Wells I Medvedev out

Cameron Norrie moves to a win from replacing Dan Evans as British number 1 after reaching the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells; Seeded Daniil Medvedev crashes into Grigor Dimitrov

Last updated: 14/10/21 10:37

Cameron Norrie defeated Tommy Paul to arrange a quarter-final match with Diego Schwartzman

Cameron Norrie made it to the quarter-finals of a Masters 1000 event for the first time, as seeded Daniil Medvedev fell.

The British number 2 defeated Tommy Paul at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, overtaking the American in three sets to reach the quarter-finals with a 6-4 4-6 6-2 win.

“I’m going to play, and I think a big part of that is on my serve. I am hitting the spot better in the greatest moments and am able to play on my terms in the greatest moments, ”Norrie said.

“Throughout the course of this year I have been playing great in the great moments, and I have been doing well most of the time. I know I have it in the bank, and there is a good chance it will do so throughout the year, so I have the confidence to do it again. “

Norrie broke the serve early in the first set before a series of mistakes by Paul gave his opponent a second consecutive service break.

Norrie took the lead 4-1, but Paul got a break to move on to a match from the Brit, who kept the courage to serve the set.

An exchange of breaks in the second set saw him drop to the limit before being decided by the American break serve in the tenth game to take the set and level up the match.

There were also initial service breaks each in the deciding set before Norrie broke free to take the win, moving him to another win from replacing Dan Evans as British No.1.

Seeded Medvedev fell after a three-set defeat to Grigor Dimitrov.

The Bulgarian staged a spectacular comeback from a set and a double break to triumph 4-6 6-4 6-3 as the new US Open champion’s game fell apart.

“I don’t remember losing three serving games, even four serving games ever, I guess, on hard courts,” Medvedev said.

“This shows how slow this course is and the conditions, more clay-like, I would say, which I don’t like, because losing four times is simply unacceptable.”

Diego Schwartzman also made it to the quarter-finals after winning 6-3 6-3 over Casper Rudd, while there was also a series win for Hubert Hurkacz who overtook Aslan Karatsev 6-1 6-3.

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