Cameron Norrie: I was under pressure against Grigor Dimitrov



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Cameron Norrie: I was under pressure against Grigor Dimitrov

World No. 26 Cameron Norrie admitted he was under pressure against Grigor Dimitrov but he was glad that he managed to deliver a strong performance. Norrie, seeded at No. 21, saw off No. 23 seed Dimitrov 6-2 6-4 to reach his maiden Masters final in Indian Wells.

Norrie made a strong start to the match, breaking Dimitrov three times and losing his serve once en route to comfortably winning the opener. Norrie then broke Dimitrov in the opening game of the second set and held on to his serve the rest of the way to book a straight-set win.

"It was the biggest match of my career, following on from yesterday, which was the biggest match," Norrie said, per the ATP website. "There was even more pressure today. I came out and played really physical. Grigor was maybe a little tired from the other matches, but he fought hard and made it physical at the start of the second set, which wasn't easy."

Norrie into his sixth final of the season

"I've been playing a lot of big matches this year, which has helped. I feel like I am used to the big moments and the big matches," Norrie said. "I'm feeling more and more comfortable and I feel like I am playing on my terms in key moments."

Before the semifinal against Dimitrov, coach Facundo Lugones said that Norrie's opponents know "they are in for a long day" when they are playing the Briton. "They know if they’re playing him they’re in for a long day,” said Lugones.

“When you’re against a guy who shows up every single day, a lot of players are not ready for that. They know they have to dig deep to beat him. “He has the ability to play every single point and not take one point off.

That takes people to a place mentally and physically where it is uncomfortable and not easy to perform, and then they start playing worse”.