Britain’s Cameron Nouri used an accurate service game to beat Diego Schwartzman 6-0, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters on Thursday.
The 21st seed, Nouri, needed just 73 minutes to reach Argentina and has now won three of his four career matches against Schwartzman, which ended in irreparable mistakes in the California desert.
“Everything went my way today,” Noori said. “From the start, I was timing the ball well.” I thought I was for a long match because the last time we played we were so long and physical.
“I put a lot of lines in the first set and stayed tight in the second and presented well when needed.
Nouri, appearing in his first Indian Wells quarter-final, next faces Gregor Dimitrov, who defeated eighth seed Hubert Harkaz by three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2). Of
Dimitrov defeated top-seeded Russian Daniel Medvedev, the new crowned US Open champion, in a tough fourth-round match on Wednesday.
Nouri, 26, who will replace Daniel Evans at No. 1 in the new rankings on Monday, is enjoying the best season of his career.
“I’ve been pretty permanent this year,” said Norie, who was born in South Africa and raised in New Zealand. “I think I’m basically serving and coming back and playing big points better.
“I’ve been a little more aggressive and feel like I’m learning more as I move forward and become more experienced.”
Noori, who has been representing the UK since 2013, had no aces and no double faults. He crossed the opening set in 32 minutes, losing just one point on his first serve. He won 72% of his first serve points overall and scored 58 points against Schwartzman’s only 30 points.
Earlier this year, Nouri won his first ATP title in Los Cabos. He also scored a run in the championship match of the grass court tournament in London.
Nouri said he saw Dimitrov coming from behind to beat the tournament’s top seed Medvedev on Wednesday and was impressed by his ability to stay.
“The level that Gregor played yesterday. Coming back from a set and maybe breaking against another best player in the world is impressive,” Norie said.
Dimitrov competed in 14 Aces against Hurkacz as the first meeting of his career turned into a marathon that lasted two hours and 37 minutes.
Bulgaria used a stable game and a more consistent service to make up for the loss of the first set and then closed it in the third set tiebreaker.
Dimitrov won the last three points of the tiebreaker, winning when Hercules hit the last shot into the net.
“I’m glad I have a day off tomorrow,” Dimitrov said. “I’ve never played Hubert before. He has all the weapons.
“Initially his service was very good. After the first set I tried to group again and try to turn things around. I still felt there was something left inside me but I wasn’t sure. How much do i have
“I stayed there and dug deep. He could only do that if he took it away from me. There was a difference in the last few points.”
Hercules hit more asses and made fewer double errors (4-1) but his serve was broken three times.
The joint WTA and ATP Masters event usually takes place in March, but the global corona virus epidemic returned this autumn after a two-and-a-half year hiatus.