British number 2 Cam Norrie celebrates surprise victory over number 16 Grigor Dimitrov at the Miami Open … but Katie Boulter is beaten by Elise Mertens
- Norrie produced a stunning upset to beat Dimitrov in the second round
- The Briton is approaching the top 50 in the world after winning 11 tour-level matches
- He now faces American Taylor Fritz, the number 22 seed, in the third round
Cam Norrie’s excellent season continued on Friday-evening when he scored his second top 20 win within two weeks.
The British No. 2 made it to the third round of the Miami Open when he beat No. 16 in the world, Grigor Dimitrov, 7-5 7-5 in just over two hours.
He now meets American Taylor Fritz, the number 22 seed, after handling the heat and humidity much better than his talented Bulgarian opponent.
Cam Norrie caused a stunning upset by beating Grigor Dimitrov in the second round
Norrie is approaching the top 50 in the world and has now won eleven games at the main tour level in this disrupted season.
“The first set was such a physical tennis and it might cost him something,” said the 25-year-old left-handed.
‘I served well and at the end I took it out a little bit. It’s a huge win for me, so I’m very happy. ‘
Once a promising cross-country runner, Norrie is one of the most enduring athletes on the tour and great for attritional competitions. It also helps that he has had a great college career in Texas, as well as being at home on the American hard court.
Katie Boulter (above) was defeated by Belgium’s number sixteen, Elise Mertens
After finishing the first set, he broke up early in the second, which was withdrawn. He broke again at 5-5 and made no mistake serving.
This was his sixth win over the top twenty player and by ranking second best of his career. It came after he beat Italian Fabio Fognini in Mexico last week.
Katie Boulter previously lost her second round 6-4, 6-1 against Belgium’s number sixteen seed, Elise Mertens.
Dan Evans would play his second round on Friday evening against the American Frances Tiafoe.