Cameron Norrie becomes British No 1.

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Cameron Norrie becomes British No 1 after booking a place in the Indian Wells Semi final.

Cameron Norrie booked his place in the Indian Wells semi-final with an impressive straight set over over Diego Schwartzman to secure the British No 1 ranking.

Norrie, world No 26, was runner-up at the San Diego Open earlier this month and reached the last eight of a Masters 1000 events for the first time by battling past Tommy Paul in three sets.

“I am so pleased to be through,” Norrie said after the match. “It’s the biggest win of my career with all the circumstances and the pressure. I was pretty happy with everything.

“It was such a big moment for me this morning playing my first Masters quarter-final, especially against Diego. He is such a great competitor and I thought I was in for an absolute battle.”

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

“It was never really a goal of mine, but it’s definitely a great bonus to be British number one,” said Norrie, who recorded his 45th win on the ATP Tour this season.

“I want to keep pushing. I think I’ve got a lot of things to improve on, but I think it’s one of those things you’ve got to enjoy.”


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