Great Britain's Cameron Norrie was thrilled after stunning world No. 5 Andrey Rublev at the San Diego Open. Norrie, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 28 in the world, recovered from a set down to stun top-seeded Rublev 3-6 6-3 6-4 and reach the San Diego Open final.
Rublev dropped a total of three games against Norrie when they played last year in St. Petersburg but the Briton got his revenge in San Diego. "It's nice to get some revenge. He beat me easily last time, so it's good to see I've improved a little bit," said Norrie, per the ATP website.
The Rublev win meant a lot to Norrie
"All credit to Andrey, he came out firing," said Norrie in his on-court interview. "He played some big tennis at the beginning and I managed to weather the storm at the start of the second.
"It's such a big win for me. It's definitely a match that I'm going to remember for a long time." Rublev claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game, before serving out for the opener in the ninth game.
Norrie responded well to losing the first set, having broken Rublev in the fourth game of the second set. Norrie failed capitalize any of his two set points in the eighth game but served out for the second set a game later.
Norrie then broke Rublev in the third game of the decider and didn't allow the Russian a single break point in the rest of the match to complete a comeback win. Norrie will be battling Casper Ruud for the San Diego Open title.
"I'm just trying to enjoy today and then I'll try to rest up and get ready for [the final against Ruud or Dimitrov]," Norrie said. "I've been watching both of them this week and they've been playing some of their top level. I'm looking forward to that one tomorrow."