Lyon Open | Cameron Norrie beats John Isner to reach first ATP semi-final
Britain’s Cameron Norrie claimed the biggest win of his career with victory over world number 10 John Isner in the quarter-finals of the Lyon Open.
I'm so stoked with my performance today. In the past, I haven't been so good at playing guys with big serves. Cameron Norrie
Norrie, 22, ranked 102 in the world, overcame the second seed 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 to reach his first ATP Tour semi-final.
He will play experienced Frenchman Gilles Simon in the clay-court event’s last four.
“I’m so stoked with my performance today,” said Norrie after his first win against a top 10 opponent.
“In the past, I haven’t been so good at playing guys with big serves.
“I remember watching Isner when I was younger. He was a big idol of mine. It’s crazy to be competing against guys like that now.”
Norrie had never played a professional match on red clay until he featured in the Davis Cup in February.
His display in that match against Spain saw him secure a victory over Roberto Bautista Agut and prompted former Great Britain captain John Lloyd to call it “one of the most impressive debuts of all time”.
Since then the left-hander has improved his world ranking and he will now move into the world’s top 100 at an expected 85.
Norrie is yet to drop a set at the event, where top seed Dominic Thiem is the only seed left in the draw.
The Austrian plays his quarter-final against Spaniard Guillermo Garcia Lopez on Thursday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Dan Evans was beaten 6-3 7-5 in the second round of the ATP Challenger event in Loughborough by Austria’s Jurij Rodionov.
Evans came through qualifying and won his opening match in only his second tournament since returning from a 12-month drugs ban.
But Rodionov, the world number 535, broke in the first set to lead 3-2 and his big serve and aggressive play caused Evans, who is now ranked 1,194th, plenty of problems.
The Austrian broke again in the second set to make it 4-3 and although Evans responded, Rodionov broke again in the 11th game and served out for the win.