2021 cinch championships: Cameron Norrie beats Denis Shapovalov to prepare for the Queen’s final against Matteo Berrettini | Tennis News

Norrie is one game away from winning a first ATP Tour title after a 7-5 6-3 semi-final victory over second Canadian seed Denis Shapovalov; The 25-year-old will face seeded Matteo Berrettini, the world’s number nine serving bigs, in Sunday’s final

Last update: 06/19/21 10:28 PM

Cameron Norrie reached the Queen’s Club final after beating Denis Shapovalov

Cameron Norrie joined British tennis royalty at the Queen’s Club after reaching the final of the Cinch Championships.

The 25-year-old is one game away from winning his first ATP Tour title after a 7-5 6-3 semifinal victory over second Canadian seed Denis Shapovalov.

The only other Britons to have reached the Queen’s Final in the past 40 years are Tim Henman and Andy Murray, and Murray remains the only one to win the title since WWII.

“It hasn’t sunk yet,” Norrie confessed. “I think I played very, very well today and I’m very happy to be in the final.

Norrie has won 29 games this year, more than any player on the tour except Russian Andrey Rublev

Norrie has won 29 games this year, more than any player on the tour except Russian Andrey Rublev

“I can’t really describe it, it’s nice to cross the finish line. It’s a huge tournament for me. I couldn’t be more satisfied with myself.”

The British number two got off to a nervous start as two double faults and two unforced errors gave Shapovalov a serve break in the opener.

But Norrie recovered from the break emphatically to love, then took a tight first set with a stunning backhand on the line that left Shapovalov on the back.

Shapovalov, who had to end her rain-interrupted quarter-final against American Frances Tiafoe earlier today, needed treatment to her left leg early in the second.

The world number 14 was powerless to stop Norrie from claiming another notable scalp in what has been a breathtaking season so far – he has now won 29 games this year, more than any other player on the Tour, at the exception of the Russian Andrey Rublev.

On Sunday, will stand in the way of Norrie, the seed Matteo Berrettini, the world number nine at the service of the big guys who represented Murray and Dan Evans this week.

Seeded Matteo Berrettini is Norrie's opponent in the final

Seeded Matteo Berrettini is Norrie’s opponent in the final

The Italian is yet to lose a set on his debut for Queen’s and has won his last 30 service matches, having swept Australia’s Alex De Minaur 6-4 6-4 in the first semi-final.

“I’ve been watching him all week, he’s got a huge serve, he’s one of the best players on the tour right now,” added Norrie.

“I could chat with Evo and Andy and see if they have any advice. I saw him play earlier today and he had a great day. It won’t be easy.”

Norrie faces a busy day on Sunday with a doubles semi-final to complete – and potentially another final to play – alongside partner De Minaur.

Their final four clash against Reilly Opelka and John Peers was suspended with the duo one set down and 2-2 in the second.

“It’s going to be an interesting day,” added Norrie. “Obviously the focus is on the singles, to take care of that and then, yeah, I’m just going to enjoy the doubles with Alex.

“I’m going to focus on the singles only and hope to let the adrenaline rush me through the day.

“I hope I get through and do everything, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be a little tired if I manage to play all eight sets. It will be difficult to win them all.”

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