Dimitrov, Norrie reach Indian Wells semis

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Cameron Norrie dished out a 6-0 6-2 drubbing to Diego Schwartzman to make the semis in Indian Wells.
Camera IconCameron Norrie dished out a 6-0 6-2 drubbing to Diego Schwartzman to make the semis in Indian Wells. Credit: EPA

Grigor Dimitrov has continued his run of upsets to battle past Hubert Hurkacz and secure his place in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Bulgarian Dimitrov had beaten top-seed Daniil Medvedev in the last round, but was on the back foot against the Polish world No.12, who secured the opening set following a late break.

Dimitrov rallied to level, but then missed the chance to serve for the match when at 5-3 up in the third.

However, the veteran world No.28 eventually put himself in control of the tie-break, which he did close out to progress 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7-2) after a gripping contest which lasted two hours and 40 minutes.

Earlier, Cameron Norrie booked his place in the last four with an impressive straight-sets victory over Diego Schwartzman to secure the British No.1 ranking.

Norrie was runner-up at the San Diego Open earlier this month and reached the last eight of a Masters 1000 event for the first time by battling past Tommy Paul in three sets.

The 26-year-old, though, wasted little time in taking the early initiative against 11th seed Schwartzman on Thursday.

Norrie raced into a 4-0 lead against the world No.15 before another break and hold saw him take the opening set to love in just 31 minutes.

Schwartzman eventually got on the board in the opening game of the second set.

Norrie, though, gained an early break when Schwartzman sent a return long only to then fail to hold himself at 2-2.

Schwartzman was then broken again in the fifth and seventh games, swinging the momentum back towards his British rival, who closed in on victory.

Norrie served out his first match point to love when another Schwartzman return went long, completing a comprehensive 6-0 6-2 victory in one hour and 13 minutes.

As a result of his run to the semi-finals, Norrie is set to break into the world's top 20 and will replace Dan Evans as British No.1.

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