Cameron Norrie notches new national rankings milestone
By progressing to the semi-finals of Indian Wells, Cameron Norrie registers a new personal best and overtakes a compatriot.
The world number 26 completely neutralised Diego Schwartzman, defeating the Argentine 6-0, 6-2 in a little over 70 minutes on-court.
With the victory, Norrie secures himself at least 240 ranking points from the Masters event. As a result, the Brit will claim a new career-high ranking of at least world number 21, leaping past Dan Evans to become the new British number one.
The only player ranked below Norrie who can surpass his ranking with a result at Indian Wells is Grigor Dimitrov. Should the Bulgarian defeat Hubert Hurkacz and then Norrie himself to reach the final, Dimitrov would climb to 20th in the rankings.
Otherwise, Norrie will add making the world’s top-20 to his list of breakthrough achievements.
The 26-year-old has been in exceptional form at Indian Wells. He upset Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round before ousting home favourite Tommy Paul to reach a first career Masters 1000 quarter-final.
The win over Schwartzman bettered that career-best immediately to a semi-final. He is the first British man to reach the semi-finals of Indian Wells since Andy Murray in 2015.
The tournament continues an impressive season from Norrie. With 45 match wins in 2021 under his belt, only five men have more wins on the ATP tour this year.
In the rankings ‘Race to Turin’ for the ATP Finals, Norrie is 14th. Accounting for results in Indian Wells, the Brit is actually 12th in the race.
Norrie is nothing if not ambitious. “The goal is to keep getting better and get towards world number one,” he said ahead of his meeting with Schwartzman.
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