British No 1 Cameron Norrie digs deep to defeat Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz in a gripping three-set encounter to reach the semis of the Cincinnati Masters
- Cameron Norrie made a strong start, winning the first set on a tiebreak
- And he broke Carlos Alcaraz in the second but the Spaniard fought back
- Alcaraz won the second set on a tiebreak but Norrie proved too strong
Cameron Norrie has made the semi-final of the Cincinnati Masters with an impressive three sets win against third seed Carlos Alcaraz.
Norrie clinched the tense first set on a tie break and then broke Alcaraz early in the second. But the Spaniard rallied and broke back with a spree of 12 points out of 14 and then claimed the second set on a tiebreak.
But Norrie proved too strong in the third and won it 6-4 in a match that ran over three hours.
Cameron Norrie made the Cincinnati Masters semi with a solid win against Carlos Alcaraz
Victory ensures Norrie reached a career high world ranking of ninth. He faces Borna Coric in the semifinal on Saturday.
‘Maybe it’s my best win,’ Norrie said after beating the 19-year-old. ‘I feel like I need to get him when he’s young – he’s gonna keep raising his level.’
Coric upset ninth-ranked Felix Auger-Aliassime, 6-4, 6-4 to become, at No. 152, the tournament’s second-lowest-ranked semifinalist since the start of the ATP rankings in August 1973.
In the other men’s semifinal, top-ranked Daniil Medvedev beat 11th-seed Taylor Fritz 7-6, 6-3. Medvedev will face No. 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals. Tsitsipas outlasted John Isner 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3.