By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) – Cameron Norrie defeated Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday in an 86-minute semi-final at the BNP Paribas Open, which will crown the first-ranked male winner outside the Top 25 since 2010.
The combined ATP and WTA tournament has been in the throes of upheaval in its two weeks, which included No.1 seeds Daniil Medvedev and Karolina Pliskova.
Norrie has advanced to Sunday’s final, where he will face Nikoloz Basilashvili or Taylor Fritz.
This is the first time in the tournament’s 45-year history that the four semi-finalists have been ranked outside the Top 25. Norrie is 25th, Dimitrov 28th, Basilashvili 36th and Fritz 39th.
The last man outside the Top 25 to win at Indian Wells was No.26 Ivan Ljubicic.
There were four service breaks in the first set, Norrie winning three.
Norrie converted the only second-set break in Game 1 when the Bulgarian scored a forehand. Norrie’s forehand winner gave him a 4-2 lead and he served the game out of love.
Second-seeded duo Su-Wei Hsieh and Elise Mertens defeated Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Rybakina 7-6 (1), 6-3 to win the women’s doubles title. Hsieh and Mertens won $ 414,500.
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