INDIAN WELLES, Calif. (NWN) – Cameron Norrie beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday in the 86-minute semi-final at the BNP Paribas Open, which will be the first non-top 25 male winner since 2010.
The combined ATP / WTA tournament was full of failures for two weeks, including seed # 1 Daniil Medvedev and Karolina Plishkova.
Norrie made it to Sunday’s finals, where he will play either Nikoloz Basilashvili or Taylor Fritz.
For the first time in the 45-year history of the tournament, all four semi-finalists were out of the top 25. Norri is 25th, Dimitrov 28th, Basilashvili 36th and Fritz 39th.
The last non-top 25 player to win at Indian Wells was 26th Ivan Lubicic.
There were four service breaks in the first set, of which Norrie earned three.
Norri realized the only break of the second set in the first game when the Bulgarian scored a right-hand kick. Norrie’s victorious right-handed shot put him 4-2 ahead and played the match with love.
The second seeded duo Su-Wei Se and Elise Mertens defeated Veronica Kudermetova and Elena Rybakina 7: 6 (1), 6: 3 to win the women’s doubles title. She and Mertens earned $ 414,500.
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