Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie proved far too strong for Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in a battle of the left-handers at the San Diego Open.
Norrie won 6-3, 6-1 in one hour and seven minutes to book his spot in the semi-finals of the ATP 250-level event.
After saving a break point to level at 3-all in the first set, Norrie broke Shapovalov and then romped to victory by winning 10 of the last 11 games of the match.
The error-prone Shapovalov served five double faults and lost his serve four times.
“Denis came out serving really well and it was tricky for me to get into the rallies and get some rhythm, but I held onto my serve early in the first and then managed to find my return and my lefty serves when I needed them. I’m really enjoying playing here in San Diego,” Norrie said in an on-court interview.
It was world No 28 Norrie’s second win over Shapovalov on the ATP Tour, having also defeated the world No 13 7-5, 6-3 in the Queen’s Club Championships earlier this year.
Norrie will next face top seeded Russian Andrey Rublev, who beat sixth seeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 7-5.
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