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By Richard Pagliaro | Thursday, June 23, 2022

 
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Maxime Cressy upset top-seeded Cameron Norrie 7-5, 7-5 in Eastbourne to charge into his second semifinal of the season.

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Maxime Cressy was a math major at UCLA.

The 6'7" Cressy continues to work short angles reinforcing his reputation as a shrewd grass-court problem solver.

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Relentlessly attacking net, Cressy upset top-seeded Cameron Norrie 7-5, 7-5 at the Rothesay International in Eastbourne to charge into his second semifinal of the season.




The 60th-ranked Cressy smothered net at every opportunity and served with ambition. Cressy served 68 percent, cracked 10 aces, won 80 percent of his first-serve points and dropped serve just once. Cressy broke in the final game of both sets to earn a 100-minute victory.

Cressy opened Eastbourne toppling big-serving compatriot Reilly Opelka 6-3, 6-1. Since then, he's beaten Britain's best back-to-back defeating 33rd-ranked Daniel Evans 7-6(2), 6-4 and the 12th-ranked Norrie today.

Standing between Cressy and his second final of the season is a third straight British opponent, Jack Draper.

In a clash of left-handed British wild cards, Draper defeated Ryan Peniston 6-3, 6-3.




Two American men are through to the final four as third-seeded Taylor Fritz did not drop serve in a 6-3, 6-2 win over Alexander Bublik.

Indian Wells champion Fritz will face either fellow American Tommy Paul or Aussie Alex de Minaur for a place in the final. 

 

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