Cameron Norrie holds all British hopes at this year’s Queen’s Club Championships as he defeated 19-year-old compatriot Jack Draper 6-3, 6-3 to advance to Saturday’s semi-finals.
The 25 year-old British No2 will not know his opponent until Saturday as the match between American Frances Tiafoe and Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who is a set to the good, was suspended after a day where four and a half hour’s play was lost due to heavy rain in west London.
However hope of two Britons reaching the semi-finals of Queen’s for the first time in a decade were ended after British No 1 Dan Evans was beaten 7-6, 6-3 by Italian world No9 and the tournament’s top seed Matteo Berrettini.
Draper and world No41 Norrie played the second set in fading light. The match had looked like it could be a speedy affair as Draper struggled to cope with the accuracy of Norrie’s serve.
Norrie raced 4-1 up in the second but Draper took advantage of his fellow countryman struggling to pick the right shots. Norrie showed his experience, with this his fourth semi-final this year, while the South African-born, New Zealand raised player also reached the final of the Lyon Open in April.
Norrie complemented Draper’s efforts. “Huge congratulations to Jack on his week, he had two huge wins this week. He is going to have a wonderful career. It wasn’t easy today but I managed to play some really good tennis towards the end of the first set and towards the end of the second,” he said. “Considering the conditions weren’t easy we both hit the ball well. It wasn’t easy to call in the end, he kept coming at me but I am really pleased to be through.”
Evans acquitted himself well in the first set against Berrettini saving eight break points but the 25 year-old Roman, who vanquished Andy Murray on Thursday, used his monster serve to grind down Evans.
Berrettini will face Australian Alex de Minaur who beat Croatian Marin Cilic in the first semi-final on Saturday.
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