Semi-finals Saturday witnessed No. 1 seed Jordan Thompson and Cameron Norrie advance to the singles final, where they will meet for the first time ever.
Thompson, who is ranked 79th in the world, continued his dominant play at the LG&T Challenger defeating wild card entry William Blumberg in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. The 23 year-old Australian has rolled through the singles bracket this past week to earn his finals berth.
Blumberg came out loose in the first set against Thompson and took him by surprise, besting him six games to four to win the first set. Thompson was able to regain some composure in the second, breaking a three game all tie and forcing a third set with a 6-3 win. His endurance kicked into gear, and although Blumberg fought to hold him off, Thompson walked away with another 6-3 win and his bid to the championships.
In a matchup between Cameron Norrie and Christian Harrison, Norrie advances to his second ATP Challenger Tour final with his 6-2, 6-2 victory. With his win today, the 23-year old representing Great Britain is able to play in the US Open this year in the qualifying round.
Harrison, the 21-year old from Louisiana, stepped on the court this morning to play in his first ATP Challenger semi-final match in five years. Harrison advanced to today’s play with his upset win over second-seeded Alexander Bublik in Friday’s quarterfinal round. Norrie stepped out ready to play his game and did just that, scoring quickly and efficiently to advance to Championship Sunday.
The doubles final was determined Friday following Denis Kudla and Daniel Nguyen’s straight set victory over Norrie and partner Alex Rybakov (USA). The American duo, who knocked out the number one seed double on their run to the finals, will face Luke Saville and Jarryd Chaplin on Sunday no earlier than 11 a.m.