Protecting champion Cameron Norrie maintained his spectacular file on the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon Thursday when he overcame 6th seed Sebastian Baez 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.
The Briton holds a 13-3 file on the ATP 250 clay-court tournament, having complicated to the general in 2021 sooner than he lifted the trophy in 2022. The second one seed produced a dominant efficiency within the 3rd set in opposition to Baez to achieve the semi-finals in Lyon for the fourth time.
“The second one set he got here again sturdy. He was once successful the more difficult video games like I used to be within the first set. I attempted to reset and got here out with a large number of power,” Norrie stated. “I’ve received a large number of three-set fits this yr, so I had a large number of self belief going into the decider and I believed it was once a cast fit.”
Norrie seemed to dictate at the forehand and was once competitive on go back within the decider, successful 55 in line with cent (6/11) of issues on Baez’s first serve within the 3rd set to advance after one hour and 53 mins.
Norrie leads Baez 2-0 of their ATP Head2Head collection, having defeated the Argentine within the quarter-finals in Lyon final yr. Previous this season, the Global No. 14 captured his 5th tour-level name on clay in Rio de Janeiro. Norrie will subsequent play Francisco Cerundolo.
Within the first quarter-final of the day, Cerundolo moved previous British lefty Jack Draper 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
The fourth-seeded Argentine recovered from a set-and-a-break down, elevating his depth and point because the fit went directly to advance to his first tour-level semi-final since Hamburg in 2022.
Cerundolo is chasing his 2d name on clay, having triumphed in Bastad final season. The 24-year-old has received 5 of his previous six fits on clay after attaining the quarter-finals in Rome.
Brandon Nakashima defeated 3rd seed Tommy Paul 6-3, 7-6(4) to achieve his first semi-final of the season.
The 2022 Subsequent Gen ATP Finals champion arrived in Lyon protecting a 3-6 file at the season. Alternatively, the 21-year-old has regained his highest shape in France to transport to inside of two wins of his 2d tour-level name (San Diego 2022).
Nakashima recovered from squandering 3 fit issues on serve at 5-4 in the second one set, sooner or later advancing after one hour and 49 mins.
The Global No. 52 will meet #NextGenATP Frenchman Arthur Fils within the semi-finals after Felix Auger-Aliassime withdrew sooner than their fit because of a proper shoulder harm.
“I am very sorry I needed to withdraw from my fit this night on the @openparcara. I’ve been suffering with some ache in my shoulder for a couple of days and I attempted my highest to get in a position for these days’s fit however I did not really feel aggressive sufficient finally,” Auger-Aliassime wrote on Instagram. “Time to evaluate the problem and do the entirety I will to be in a position for Roland Garros.”