Tiafoe beats former champ Norrie to reach Indian Wells semis
American Frances Tiafoe advanced to the first semi-final of the ATP Masters 1000 of her career on Wednesday, beating former champion Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4 to finish in the top four at Indian Wells.
Tiafoe, ranked 16th in the world, went undefeated in a combined WTA/Masters 1000 tournament in the California desert.
He broke Norrie twice in the second set to submit for the match at 5–2 but lost.
However, at the next opportunity, he was not mistaken. His biggest serve of the match put him up 40-0 as he finished the game in style.
Britain’s Norrie, who won the title in 2021, ended a streak of eight wins, including a victory over Carlos Alcaraz in the final in Rio de Janeiro last month.
For reaching the final, Tiafoe will fight either with Daniil Medvedev, who took sixth place, or with 28th number Alejandro Davidovich Fokin.
Sixth-placed Medvedev, who has won three consecutive ATP titles in Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai, beat Alexander Zverev in the fourth round on Tuesday despite twisting his right ankle badly in the second set.