Portugal Colonial - Britain's Norrie advances to ATP Delray Beach final

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Britain's Norrie advances to ATP Delray Beach final
Britain's Norrie advances to ATP Delray Beach final

Britain's Norrie advances to ATP Delray Beach final

British top seed Cameron Norrie defeated US fourth seed Tommy Paul 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday to reach the ATP Delray Beach Open final.

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The 26-year-old left-hander dispatched Paul in 76 minutes to book a date in Sunday's final against the later winner between US second seed Reilly Opelka and Australian John Millman.

"I was really happy with my level," Norrie said. "I played complete games on my serves and in my sets. He's really tricky and comes forward but I was happy I came through on my serve."

World number 13 Norrie, a semi-final loser last year at the Florida venue, saved both the break points he faced.

Norrie captured the opening set in 39 minutes when Paul sent a backhand long and took his match point chance with a sharp crosscourt backhand that forced a forehand volley into the net by Paul.

Norrie, 2-5 in ATP finals, seeks a third tour title after hoisting trophies last year at Indian Wells and Los Cabos.

Opelka, 24, won his third career ATP title last week at Dallas after crowns at New York in 2019 and Delray Beach in 2020.

Millman, 32, won his first ATP title at the 2020 Astana Open in Kazakhstan.

A.Santos--PC