Norrie and Draper Exit Quarter-finals, Tsitsipas Survives Barcelona Open Thriller

Cameron Norrie’s bid for a semi-final spot at the Barcelona Open was halted by Tomas Martin Etcheverry, while British number two Jack Draper also fell at the quarter-final stage of the Bavarian International.

Norrie, the British number one, faced a tough challenge against Etcheverry, with the Argentine prevailing in two closely contested tie-breaks to win 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-1). Despite their closely matched rankings, Norrie couldn’t find an edge against his opponent.

Meanwhile, Jack Draper’s run at the Bavarian International came to an end as he lost to American third seed Taylor Fritz. Fritz staged a comeback from a set down to secure a 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-1) victory, setting up a clash with Chile’s Cristian Garin, who knocked out German top seed Alexander Zverev.

In Barcelona, Norwegian third seed Casper Ruud awaits Etcheverry in the semi-finals after defeating Matteo Arnaldi in straight sets. Ruud, fresh off a convincing win, will look to continue his strong form in the tournament.

On the other side of the draw, Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas faced a tough challenge from Argentina’s Facundo Diaz Acosta. Tsitsipas, the fifth seed and recent Monte Carlo Masters champion, fought back from two match points down to secure a thrilling 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) victory. He will face either French 16th seed Arthur Fils or Dusan Lajovic of Serbia in the semi-finals.

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