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Cameron Norrie overcomes Frances Tiafoe to reach

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Cameron Norrie was quick out the gate against Frances Tiafoe and showed his mettle in a 6-0 3-6 6-4 result to reach the last-four at the Delray Beach Open.
Norrie took just 26 minutes to wrap up the first set, winning 72 per cent of points, before the American restored his form and tested the Brit.
As the world No 62 found his flow in the second set, he broke Norrie en route to a 3-0 lead and recovered from a dropped service game for 5-3, to then serve out the set.
Throughout the match, Norrie created a wealth of chances to break his opponent, 17 to be precise, and the five break points he did convert went on to help him secure the vital victory.
"Credit to Frances. He fought real hard and I managed to get a little bit lucky in the third set there with a couple of net cords and a couple of close calls," Norrie said on the ATP's website.
"I started the match great and then he came back firing straight away in the second set and then I just managed to hold onto my serve and tough out those games.
"Then he played a little bit tentative towards the end. Real fortunate to get through."
Norrie will face Sebastian Korda in the last four, after the 20-year-old displaced John Isner 6-3 4-6 6-3 in their quarter-final.
The 20-year-old, who is a former junior World No 1, was pleased with the demeanour he showed on court.
"Whenever I'm on court, my head is pretty clear and I'm a super positive guy on court," he said to the ATP.
"I'm always in the moment and always super positive. There are very few times you'll see any emotion come out of me that's negative. I worked a lot on that during this break and it's paying off right now."

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