Cameron Norrie hopes to break his recent spell of ATP finals losses after knocking out second seed Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 6-3 on Saturday to set up a bid for the Queen’s club trophy.
The World No. 41 Brit – looking for his first ATP title – is the first local since five-time winner Andy Murray to play the final at the prestige pre-Wimbledon tune-up.
His 94-minute upset of the Canadian second seed who had to finish off a delayed quarter-final earlier in the afternoon, put the Brit into a third final of 2021.
Norrie lost at this level in Lyon and Estoril on clay during the spring.
He will face off against Italian top seed and world No. 9 Matteo Berrettini, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Alex de Minaur earlier.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Norrie said after his victory in front of home fans on the west London lawns.
“I played very very good today, I was clutch on the big points.
“I’m so pleased to be through but I cannot describe it. It was nice to get over the line. Credit to Denis though, it was a tough match.”
Norrie stands third in matches won this season as he claimed his 29th victory against 12 losses.
His defeat of No. 14 Shapovalov was his 15th of the season against high-ranked opposition.
Norries is hoping to begin duplicating Murray’s outstanding record here.
“This is a huge tournament for me, this is one of my biggest tennis achievements so far.
“I couldn’t be more pleased, let’s see if we can go one more tomorrow>”
Norrie has never played world No. 9 Berrettini: “He’s got a huge serve, one of the best on the Tour and he likes to dropshot.
“It’s not gonna be easy but I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”