Cameron Norrie is into his first ATP tour semi-final of the season after a last set tiebreak victory over Sebastian Korda in Delray Beach. The Brit earned redemption for his defeat to the American at the Australian Open last month. Norrie was the more aggressive of the two players early on as he created break points in his opening two return games.
Despite being unable to make the breakthrough Norrie would reel off two consecutive breaks in a row with some deep powerful backhands in all areas of the court. The Brit was also relentless on serve as he easily closed out the opening set in 38 minutes.
However that opening set seemed to fire up Korda’s game as the American produced more attacking tennis on return in the second set. The American came into the net a lot more often and produced clever shot-making as Korda broke in the second and sixth games to comprehensively take the second set and force a deciding set.
Large spells of the match were uncompetitive but that was further from the truth in the deciding sets as both players traded brutal rallies and played some of their best tennis of the match. Most of the deciding set saw both players comfortably hold their serve until a forehand volley winner sealed the break for Korda in the ninth game as he looked to close the match out.
But Korda lacked composure when the pressure was on and in the next game, the American hit a double fault to hand Norrie the break back for 5-5. In the end the match would go to a last set tiebreak and it was the Brit who remained the more consistent of the two players and forehand unforced error sealed the win for the Indian Wells champion. Norrie will now play his first semi-final of the season after an underwhelming start to 2022.
Cameron Norrie  v Tommy Paul  H2H & Match Fundamentals
Just like against Korda, Norrie will have to remain consistently aggressive both on return and serve as well as trying different angles to hurt the American. Paul is a clinical player so the match could be won and lost on who is the better player under pressure and as Norrie proved in his last match, he is composed under pressure. A big opportunity awaits the winner to reach their first final of the season.
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