British tennis star Cameron Norrie couldn’t hide his happiness after progressing into the final at the Queen’s Club.
Norrie, ranked at No. 41 in the world, beat world No. 14 Denis Shapovalov 7-5 6-3 to progress into his third ATP final in 2021.
“I think I played very, very well today, I was extremely clutch on some of the big points,” Norrie said. “I am so pleased to be through to the final here, I can’t even describe it. It has not really sunk in yet. It is nice to get over the line there, and all credit to Denis, it was a tough match.
“It is a huge tournament for me and one of my biggest achievements so far, so I couldn’t be more pleased with myself. Let’s see if I can win one more tomorrow.”
Norrie plays Matteo Berrettini for the Queen’s title
Norrie lost his serve in the opening game of the match but claimed breaks in sixth and 12th game to overturn the deficit and win the opener.
In the second set, Norrie broke Shapovalov in the ninth game and served out for the match in the 10th game.
Norrie plays Berrettini next, who beat Alex de Minaur 6-4 6-4.
“That was the goal of the week [making the final], and now I have one more step. It is a great achievement, especially for the history of this tournament. I am really happy because to beat Alex today, I had to play my best tennis,” Berrettini said.
“The mentality is that I always think I can win my service games. I know that I have a big weapon with my serve and first shot. If I sleep too well it means something is off ahead of the final. I have to be nervous and tight a little bit, otherwise the adrenaline does not kick in and it is tougher to play,” Berrettini added.