Briton Cam Norrie knocked out a seasoned clay campaigner on Friday at the Estoril Open to set up a semi-final showdown with a Grand Slam champion.
The No. 50 defeated Chile’s Christian Garin, holder of five career titles on the dirt, posting a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 comeback in two and a half hours.
He will play a Saturday semi against 2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic, who advanced 7-6(7) as Kevin Anderson retired injured in their quarter-final.
“Garin is always so tough on the clay and I think [it’s] one of my best wins ever on the clay,” Norrie said. “It was a battle. He came out a bit sharper than me.
“I managed to play a good return game in the second set to break there and held my nerve and played some of my best tennis of the week at the 3-2, 4-2 games.”
Cilic is now into his second semi-final of the season as he hunts a first trophy in three years.
The Croatian and South Africa’s Anderson last met in 2017, when Cilic also advanced through a retirement at the French Open
In 2014, Cilic went through Anderson in the third round on his way to the grand Slam title in New York.
Anderson’s ranking is down to 105 after several seasons of injuries, including a knee; Estoril was only his fourth event of 2021.
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