Last Briton Standing Bow Out in Straight Sets as Tiafoe Makes History at Indian Wells Masters
Frances Tiafoe made waves at the Indian Wells Masters on Wednesday, securing a historic win against Cameron Norrie to reach the first Masters 1000 semi-final of his career. The American’s straight sets victory over the world number 12 brought an end to the British singles representation in California, following Emma Raducanu and Jack Draper’s earlier exits in the last-16 stage.
Norrie, the defending Indian Wells champion, faced a tough challenge from Tiafoe from the outset. The Briton was broken in the seventh game of the first set, before Tiafoe clinched his first set point to take the lead. The second set was a more evenly matched affair, with both players trading breaks in the opening games. However, Tiafoe broke twice more to gain a 5-2 lead and put himself in a strong position to serve for the match.
Despite Norrie’s best efforts to mount a comeback, Tiafoe held his nerve to secure a comfortable love hold and advance to the semi-finals. The American has yet to drop a set at Indian Wells Garden, and will face either Daniil Medvedev or Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the next round.
Norrie’s loss marks the end of a disappointing tournament for British players, with Raducanu and Draper also falling short in their respective matches. Nevertheless, Tiafoe’s historic victory is sure to turn heads and generate excitement among tennis fans worldwide.