Felix Auger-Aliassime makes it a British double in Rotterdam as he follows up
victory over Andy Murray by seeing off Cameron Norrie to reach the semi-finals; Norrie will head to Delray Beach for his next tournament, which begins on Monday
Last Updated: 11/02/22 9:31pm
Britain’s Cameron Norrie was beaten by Felix Auger-Aliassime for the third time in the last six months as he lost 7-5 7-6 (7-4) in the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open on Friday.
Norrie has found his form again in the Netherlands with back-to-back wins, having lost his opening four matches of the season.
There was little to choose between the pair in a hard-fought contest but the young Canadian, who held a match point against Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, emerged the winner on the night.
Norrie fought back from a break down in the opening set and then opened up an early lead in the second before Auger-Aliassime levelled at 4-4.
Norrie saved two match points in the 12th game to force a tiebreak but Auger-Aliassime moved into a 6-2 lead before taking his fifth chance to wrap up victory.
Norrie will now head to Delray Beach in Florida where the British No 1 is the top seed for the ATP 250 tournament.
Twenty-year-old Czech Jiri Lehecka continued his breakthrough run by beating Italian Lorenzo Musetti 6-3 1-6 7-5 to reach his first ATP Tour semi-final.
There, he will face top-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who has picked up where he left off at the Australian Open and saw off Australia’s Alex De Minaur 6-4 6-4.