Acapulco | Zverev eases past Norrie
Cameron Norrie was unable to bridge the ranking gap of 61 places but certainly gave Alexander Zverev, the world No.3 a run for his money, especially in the first set of their semi-final at the Mexican Open in Acapulco.
The German, seeded two, won through 7-6(0) 6-3 to claim a place in the final where he meets Nick Kyrgios, the 7-5 5-7 7-6(7) victor over the big 6‘10” American John Isner.
Zverev has shown excellent form throughout the week coming through to the last two without dropping a set.
In the semi, Britain’a’ No.2, ranked 64, dropped his opening service game but then did well to match his higher ranked opponent in the first set, before losing control in the tiebreaker where he failed to win a point.
Zverev hit 10 aces to Norrie’s two and won 81 per cent of his first serve points to dominate the Briton in the second set.
The 21-year-old world No 3 fell in the semis last year and now hopes to go one better when he faces Kyrgios, who has fought his way to the final recording three lengthy three-set victories in his last three matches which might well affect his performance in the final.
In the women’s semi-final action the upsets continued as China’s Wang Yafan, 24, ousted third-seeded Croatian Donna Vekic 2-6 6-3 6-1 to reach her first WTA level final. She will face the sixth seeded American Sofia Kenin who battled past Canadian Bianca Andreescu 6-4 3-6 7-5.
Meanwhile in the Oracle Series Challenger at Indian Wells, Kyle Edmund beat Yannick Maden in the quarter-final, fighting back from a set down to overcome the German 3-6 6-0 6-3 and is joined by Dan Evans who swept past Jason Jung 7-6 6-4.