Cameron Norrie’s Indian Wells run ended on the quarter-final stage as American Frances Tiafoe beat the Briton in straight units.
The 6-4, 6-4 loss ended Norrie’s eight-match profitable streak. The 2021 champion at Indian Wells received the title in Rio de Janeiro final month and has a 21-4 win-loss document for the yr.
After a uncommon rain delay had halted play within the match’s early levels, Tiafoe whipped a forehand crosscourt winner to interrupt Norrie for a 4-3 lead within the opening set.
The dynamic Tiafoe, who fed off the vitality of the supportive crowd, then pressured Norrie into an error on set level by coming into the online.
Tiafoe noticed his double break second-set lead whittled down to 1 when he double faulted at 5-3.
However he managed to serve out the match on his subsequent alternative, unleashing a 139 mph ace to arrange match level earlier than ending the affair when Norrie’s forehand sailed lengthy.
“I actually really feel like after I’m there mentally, I am among the best gamers on the earth,” Tiafoe mentioned.
“In the present day it’s not nearly attending to the semis, I’m completely satisfied to beat a man like that, who has been taking part in so nicely.
“To have the ability to come out right here and beat him in straight units, comparatively snug. On the finish it received just a little tough, but it surely was just about one-way site visitors and I’m actually pleased with the place my recreation is at.”
Tiafoe, who has but to drop a set on the match within the Southern California desert, reached the semi-finals of final yr’s US Open the place he fell to eventual champion Carlos Alcaraz.
Subsequent up for the 14th-seeded Tiafoe is a gathering with Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev.