British No 1 Cameron Norrie comes from a set down and survives a 27-ACE onslaught from big-hitting John Isner to book his spot in the Mexican Open quarter-finals in Acapulco
- Cameron Norrie took a giant step towards winning another ATP title in Mexico
- The British No 1 came back from a set down to eliminate John Isner in Acapulco
- Norrie’s returning game shone and he withstood a huge 27 aces from Isner
Cameron Norrie made it six successive wins as he overcame big-serving American John Isner to reach the quarter-finals of the Mexican Open.
British No 1 Norrie came through in a hard-fought 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 win in the sweltering Mexico heat to set up a last eight tie with Peter Gojowczyk, who was handed a walkover after Alexander Zverev was kicked out of the tournament for his outburst towards a chair umpire.
Isner is formidable on his own serve but Norrie stood tall and while he was beaten by 27 aces, the Brit never once faced a break point during the match.
British No 1 Cameron Norrie impressed in Acapulco to reach quarter-finals of Mexican Open
John Isner hit 27 aces and despite winning the first set he had no answer to Norrie’s returning
Norrie’s return game is one of his finest attributes and two breaks of Isner’s huge serve was enough to take sets two and three overnight to wrap up victory in two hours and seven minutes.
The Brit is a man in form having beaten another American in Reilly Opelka last week to win the ATP Delray Beach Open final.
Norrie, who was the top seed for that event, has no won three ATP Tour-level titles, adding to his previous successes at Indian Wells and Los Cabos in 2021.
He remains on a semi-final collision course with World No 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas and knows he will likely have to go through either Rafa Nadal or world No 2 Daniil Medvedev to claim his fourth ATP title here.
Norrie is a man in form but he remains an outside bet to win the title out in Mexico this week
Medvedev is the one the field are watching as he knows a win in Acapulco will ensure he takes the World No 1 ranking for the first time in his career.
‘I’m lucky two days in a row not to play at midnight like some other guys,’ the World No 2 said after his 6-1, 6-2 demolition of Spain’s Pablo Andujar.
‘It’s pretty tough conditions, quite humid.
‘Even if we play at night it’s quite hot… The faster the matches, the better you’re going to feel for the next one.’
Medvedev will face wildcard Yoshihito Nishioka in the quarter-finals, Nadal will take on American Tommy Paul and Tsitsipas will face Marcos Giron in the three other quarter-final match-ups.