10/03/2021 at 7:03 AM CEST
Britain’s Cameron Norrie defeated first-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday, and got the pass to the final of the inaugural tournament of the San Diego Open.
Norrie, 26, who won his first ATP Tour title this year in Acapulco, will face Norwegian Casper Ruud on Sunday, second seeded.
Ruud, ranked number 10 in the world, beat world number 29, Greek Grigor Dimitrov by 6-4, 4-6 and 6-4 in the other semifinal.
The young Norwegian tennis player eliminated last Thursday night the former world number one and three times Grand Slam winner, the British Andy Murray in straight sets.
Rublev, fifth in the world rankings, took the first set at put a 188 mph ace before Norrie, 28, will bounce back to force a decisive third set and reach his fifth final of the year.
“It is a great victory for me”Norrie declared. “It is definitely a match that I will remember for a long time.”
It was Norrie’s first career victory over Rublev.. They last met at last year’s St. Petersburg Open, where Rublev swept Norrie.
“To beat someone like Andrey, who I respect and is one of my favorite players on the tour, is huge for me, and also to get revenge after he easily beat me last time,” Norrie commented. “It’s good to see that I improved a little and I did it this time. Great game.”
Rublev had several behavioral outbreaks in the second set, including throwing his racket and yelling at the umpire team. He also seemed disturbed by the noise of planes taking off from nearby Lindbergh Field.
The Russian tennis player was making his eighth semi-final appearance this season.
Rublev was coming off an impressive performance for the Olympic gold medal in mixed doubles. with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and a Laver Cup victory.
It was Norrie’s sixth semi-final this year, setting the best semi-final appearance mark of his career. He will attempt his second ATP victory of the season.
Ruud won his match when Dimitrov returned a shot to the net with an unforced error and was eliminated.
The fact that both semifinals ended in three sets “shows that It has been a very tough tournament with players of a good level and matches of a good level, “said Ruud. “Today I think the same. It was of a high level from the first to the last point. Both games gave a good show to the fans who are most grateful that we all perform well on the field.”