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Cameron Norrie beats Kyrgios, Tsitsipas to make Diriyah semi-finals

Cameron Norrie beats Kyrgios, Tsitsipas to make Diriyah semi-finals
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Cameron Norrie overcomes Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the same day to advance to the semi-finals of the Diriyah Tennis Cup.

British number one Cameron Norrie advanced to the semi-finals of the Diriyah Tennis Cup after claiming two impressive wins over Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas on Thursday.

After getting the better of the Wimbledon finalist 10-6 10-6 in the Saudi Arabian heat, Norrie followed up his first-round success with a straight sets win over the Greek world number four.

Norrie stormed to a 6-4 6-4 triumph against Tsitsipas to book his place in the final four and set up a tie with the American Taylor Fritz, who got the better of Poland's Hubert Hurkacz 7-6 7-5.

Norrie needed just the one break in the first set against Tsitsipas to put himself in the ascendancy, although he squandered three set points before making it fourth time lucky for a one-set lead.

The Wimbledon semi-finalist quickly went a set and a break up before Tsitsipas threatened a comeback, but Norrie held firm to progress to the final four.

Elsewhere, there was a welcome return from injury for Alexander Zverev, who spent six months out of action after tearing ankle ligaments during his French Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal.

Zverev overcame Dominic Thiem 10-8 10-7 in his opening battle before a 0-6 4-6 defeat to Russia's Daniil Medvedev, who will meet Stan Wawrinka in the final four.

Wawrinka came back from a set down to claim a 6-7 6-2 10-6 win over Andrey Rublev, who now drops into the doubles event with the other players to have been knocked out of the singles competition.

The semi-finals of both the singles and doubles events will take place on Friday before Saturday's finals.

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