Norrie can with Dimitrov to play his sixth final in 2021

Grigor Dimitrov had a clear chance at Indian Wells to shine again with a major title almost four years after winning the ATP Finals. and finish the 2017 academic year as number three in the world. The top 20 seeds had fallen en route to the semi-finals, three of them at the hands of the Bulgarian himself, Opelka (16), Medvedev (1) and Hurkacz (8). But Cameron Norrie, one of the tennis players in better shape this season, crossed his path (6-3 and 6-4) and he will be the one who plays the final this Sunday (01:00, #Vamos) in the desert of California this Sunday. It will be against the winner of the other tie, the one between Taylor Fritz and Nikoloz Basilashvili.

It is the first time in the history of the Masters 1,000, which started in 1990, that the four semifinalists are outside the top-25 of the ranking., also in the tournament, which celebrates 45 editions. That gives an idea of ​​the future of a tennis in which the Big Three falters.

Norrie is the leader in finals in 2021, with six, the same as Novak Djokovic, although, for now, he has only been able to win in Los Cabos a few weeks ago. He has played them on all surfaces, something that speaks well of his versatility and the improvement he has experienced. He is virtually 17th in the standings and would win a spot if he lifts the trophy. He may be the first British champion in a place that not even Andy Murray, a finalist in 2009, could not handle when he fell to Rafa Nadal.

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Missed chance

Dimitrov, who had been playing great all week, still can’t raise his head. Unforced errors (28) they weighed him down against a rival who boldly sought the backhand and who was much more successful, with that unorthodox but effective style that he looks. The Bulgarian’s service numbers were very poor (58% of points won with firsts) and he was only able to manufacture two break options and convert one, while he lost the serve four times. You will have to keep trying, but few such good chances will come your way.

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