Defending champion Cameron Norrie through to Lyon Open semi-final
The British number one beat Sebastian Baez is three sets.
British number one Cameron Norrie continued his solid run in the Lyon Open with victory over sixth seed Sebastian Baez to reach the semi-finals.
The defending champion secured a 6-2 2-6 6-1 victory in his quarter-final clash with Baez, who he defeated at the same stage in last year’s competition.
A strong third set saw Norrie reach the semis in Lyon for a fourth time and he was pleased with his confidence going into that decider.
“The second set he came back strong, he was winning the tougher games like I was in the first set,” Norrie told the ATP website.
“I tried to reset and came out with a lot of energy.
“I have won a lot of three-set matches this year, so I had a lot of confidence going into the decider and I thought it was a solid match.”
The victory sets up a semi-final against Francisco Cerundolo, who defeated Norrie’s fellow Briton Jack Draper 4-6 6-4 6-3 on Thursday.
Brandon Nakashima reached the other semi-final with a 6-3 7-6 (4) win against third seed Tommy Paul and he comes up against Arthur Fils who reached the final four when Felix Auger-Aliassime withdrew due to a shoulder injury.
In the Geneva Open, Nicolas Jarry knocked out two-time champion Casper Ruud in the quarter-finals with a 3-6 7-6 (2) 7-5 victory and will now face Alexander Zverev, who reached the semi-finals after opponent Wu Yibing was forced to retire.
Taylor Fritz also reached the semi-finals with a 6-1 6-2 win against Ilya Ivashka to set up a clash with Grigor Dimitrov, who fought back to defeat Christopher O’Connell 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-4.