Britain’s Cameron Norrie and Jack Draper reach the semi-finals

Britain’s Cameron Norrie and Jack Draper reach the semi-finals

Britain’s Cameron Norrie and Jack Draper reach the semi-finals

Cameron Norrie and Jack Draper
Jack Draper (right) hit a career-high 40 ahead of his first Australian Open main draw appearance
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British number one Cameron Norrie and Jack Draper continued their preparation for the Australian Open by reaching the semi-finals in their respective warm-up events.

World number 11 Norrie beat Marcos Giron 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 in Auckland, New Zealand.

He will face another American, Jenson Brooksby, for a place in the final.

Meanwhile, Draper will face Kwon Soon-woo in the last four in Adelaide after defeating Russia’s Karen Khachanov.

Draper, 21, who was attracted by defending champion Rafael Nadal in his Australian Open debut, he won his Adelaide International 2 quarter-final against third seed Khachanov 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

Elsewhere, three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murraythe current British number four, beat Australian world number 24 Alex de Minaur 6-3 6-3 at the Kooyong Classic exhibition in Melbourne.

The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the new season, takes place at Melbourne Park from January 16-29.

Norrie, who will start his Australian Open against French joker Luca van Assche, has won all five matches he has played this year.

Aiming to start the season with a title in the country where he grew up, the 27-year-old Wimbledon semi-finalist got off to a flying start against world number 60 Giron and settled the ASB Classic contest with a double break in third place.

“It’s so good to be back, it’s a second home for me, it’s great to play on this pitch,” Norrie said.

“I made it difficult for myself in that second set. It’s a bit boring not to do it in straight sets, but credit goes to Marcos.”

After a breakthrough 2022 season, Draper, ranked 40th, dispatched world number 20 Khachanov a week after losing 6-4 6-2 to the same player at the Adelaide International 1 event.

Draper had led 5-3 in the second set and kept his composure after his opponent forced a tie-break, holding his serve to advance to his second ATP Tour semi-final in straight sets.

“Against guys like Karen, you can’t give them an inch or they run away with it,” Draper said.

“The last game, I was a little nervous but that’s part of the game. I’m still young, I’m still learning. I did well to impose my game on him.”

Murray said he has “no time limit” on retirement after recording his first victory of the season against China’s Zhang Zhizhen on Wednesday as he prepares for the Australian Open, where he is a five-time runner-up.

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