18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz ended Cameron Norrie’s Indian Wells title defence, and will face Rafael Nadal – unbeaten in 2022 – next.
British No 1 Norrie had strong starts in both sets against the 18-year-old Spaniard, but Alcaraz managed to fight back both times and win in straight sets.
Cameron Norrie hit 24 winners to Alcaraz’s 38 and converted 49 per cent of his break points to Alcaraz’s 68 per cent. It was his second victory over the Brit in as many meetings after a win at the US Open last year.
Alcaraz is now the second-youngest semi-finalist in tournament history, behind only Andre Agassi who was 17 in 1988.
Alcaraz said: “I’m enjoying every single second,
“I have no words to describe my feelings right now.”
Alcaraz will now face-off against his idol Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.
“I remember that I played really, really nervous,” Alcaraz said about the last time he played Nadal. “I think this time I trained with him a couple of times, I know more how to play against him. I think now it’s going to be a little bit different this match.”