No. 2 seed Cameron Norrie reached the semi-finals in Auckland, New Zealand, with a 6-1 6-7 (5) 6-2 victory over American Marcos Giron.
Norrie saved five of six break points and converted six of his seven break chances, setting up a final four showdown with another American, Jenson Brooksby who fought off Frenchman Quentin Halys 7-6(3) 7-6(2).
Norrie has now won four straight three-setters dating back to his triumphs against Rafa Nadal and Taylor Frtz at the inaugural United Cup but was disappointed to have to play a deciding set after a fast start against Giron.
“I came out firing and really was enjoying my level and playing well,” the lone seeded player remaining in the event said. “I made it really tricky for myself, played a loose game to start the second set. Just a lack of concentration. I was able to come back and then he played a better tie-break than me, he was more aggressive and he executed better. He deserved it.
“Then I came out [in the third set] and played kind of similar to the first set and took it to him, and exposed his backhand.”
Norrie improved to 2-1 in his win-loss record with the World No. 60 Giron, with the American winning their previous meeting last year in Vienna.
The 27-year-old Norrie also lost a second-set tie-break in his Auckland opener against Jiri Lehecka before advancing with a strong finish.
The other semi-final is an all-French affair between Richard Gasquet and Constant Lestienne. Both survived three-set quarterfinal matches, with Gasquet rallying for a 1-6 6-1 6-1 win against Belgium’s David Goffin and Lestienne also coming from behind for a 2-6 7-6(2) 7-5 defeat of Serbia’s Laslo Djere.