An unfancied quartet of ATP underdogs have combined to make history at the Indian Wells Masters, as they assured that no member of the ranking Top 20 figures among the semi-finalists for the first time ever at this level.
New British No. 1 Cam Norrie, ranked 26th, led the way on home ground in California as he reached the final four with the loss of just two games in his quarter-final with Argentine Diego Schwartzman.
Norrie goes for the final when he takes on Grigor Dimitrov, the No. 28 who beat Hubert Hurkacz in three sets.
The 39th-ranked US journeyman Taylor Fritz has come alive on home ground, putting out third seed Alexander Zverev with a third-set tiebreaker to set up a semi with Nikoloz Basilashvile.
The bearded Georgian, ranked 36th, booked his record-setting spot by beating second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in their quarter-final.
Olympic gold medalist Zverev was disappointed but looking forward to the end of his autumn American road trip.
“Today was just not really my day, to be honest,” the Monte Carlo-based German said.
“I was close to winning, but the level of tennis was just not quite there for me. Fritz, he played a great match, he deserves to be in the semis.
“Right now I just want to go home. to be honest. It’s been a very long season. I have played well.
“But this one hurts because I knew that after Stefanos lost this morning, I was kind of the favourite to win this tournament, but my tennis wasn’t there yet.”