Britain’s No.1 Cameron Norrie reached his first Masters 1000 final at Indian Wells after beating Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets.
The world No.26 won 6-2 6-4 and will face world No.36 Nikoloz Basilashvili in the final in California on Sunday.
Norrie’s run to Indian Wells means he will replace Dan Evans as Britain’s No.1 and the 26-year-old is hoping his impressive run to the final of one of the world’s biggest tournaments this week can be the springboard to go further in the grand slam next year.
“I had a few chances there to do the second week of a slam, but it didn’t go my way,” Norrie said after beating Dimitrov.
“It’s been a great learning curve for me. I hope that with these results I can place myself in a higher seed there and then maybe have more chances.
“I played some pretty decent players this year in the third round (at slam).
“These experiences have been great for me, these great matches.”
Norrie aims to become the first British player to triumph at Indian Wells.
He is the first Briton to reach the final of one of the elite ATP Masters since Andy Murray in Paris in 2016.
“I’m really happy with how this week has gone for me, obviously,” he said. “I feel like I’m improving. I think, yeah, I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s game and really can’t wait to go out and enjoy it again.