Great Britain's Cameron Norrie said he was "fortunate to get through" after beating 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic to reach the Estoril Open final. Norrie, ranked at No. 50 in the world, handed a 7-6 (5) 7-5 loss to world No.
42 Cilic in the Estoril semifinal. “I was really tough. I started a little bit slow and managed to ease my way into the match. [I] played really good when break point down and went after it,” Norrie said in his on-court interview.
“[Marin] was serving great and it was really tricky to get his first serve back… I am fortunate to get through and I am just happy to be in my second final”.
Norrie came up big in key moments
Cilic got off to a quick start to the match, having taken an early 3-0 first-set lead.
However, Norrie kept his focus as he responded with three consecutive games won to level the set at three games apiece. As no more breaks were seen -- the set went into a tie-break -- in which Norrie was down 5-4 before winning three consecutive points to steal the opener.
In the second set, Norrie saved a total of three break points before he earned the lone break of the second set in the 12th game to book a straight-set win. "I am playing good. I am competing really well and I am just really happy with myself,” Norrie said.
“I am keeping a really consistent level, even on days [when] I am not quite feeling [my best]. I am still digging in there and making it physical and playing on my terms, being the one dictating points. I think that is the reason why I am having a bit of success.
I just want to keep improving and keep getting better”. It remains to be seen if Norrie can collect his maiden ATP title in Estoril.