Lyon | Norrie remains on track

Cameron Norrie is on course to collect the Lyons Open title after outlasting Argentina’s Sebastian Baez 6-4 4-6 7-5 to reach the semi-finals of the ATP 250 tournament on the south coast of France for a third time.

It means a lot to get through a match like that. I really enjoyed the battle Cameron Norrie

The British No.1 and top seed at Lyons, relied again on his doggedness and fitness to overcome the 21-year-old from Buenos Aires recovering from a 3-5 deficit in the third set and saving three match points before progressing into the last four after two-hours and 40-minutes.

“All credit to Sebi, he played a really good match. The rallies were so tough — and it was really tough to finish it off at the end but I managed to do it. Thank you to everyone for staying, I really appreciate that,” Norrie said in his on-court interview.

“It is one of those matches where you have some nerves, so to get over the line you take a lot of confidence from that and I showed my emotion at the end,” Norrie added. “It means a lot to get through a match like that. I really enjoyed the battle.”

The 26-year-old Briton faces the Danish rising star, Holger Rune, who overcame cramp and a very partisan crowd to defeat the French wildcard Manuel Guinard 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Earlier Guinard required two games to complete his suspended match with American Lucky Loser Michael Mmoh 4-6 6-4 7-5 to reach his first tour-level quarter final after the match resumed on Thursday.

Meanwhile the Slovak Alex Molcan continued his perfect week, dispatching Argentina’s Federico Coria 6-3 6-2 in 90-minutes to reach his second tour-level semi-final of the season.

The lefty next faces Aussie Alex de Minaur after Japan’s Yosuke Watanuki was forced to retire from their match due to a back problem at the start of the second set.

The Australian was leading 6-4 after 39 minutes when Watanuki retired with the injury.

“It is a tough one. It was very tough, a lot of wind. Tough conditions,” de Minaur said on the ATP website. “I was happy I kept my cool and did what I needed to do and [I am] wishing a very speedy recovery to Yosuke, who I know very well from juniors.

“It will be another tough one [against Molcan]. He has been having his best year and I am ready for a battle tomorrow.”



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