Maxime Cressy reached his second semi-final of the season at tour level on Thursday, upsetting top seed Cameron Norrie 7-5, 7-5 at the Rothesay International in Eastbourne.
The American defeated Reilly Opelka and Daniel Evans in his first two matches and produced another solid display on the grass at the ATP 250 event. The 25-year-old fired 10 aces and won 80% (35 /44) from his first-serve points to advance after an hour and 39 minutes in his first ATP Head2Head meeting with Norrie.
“The pitch conditions were incredible,” Cressy said during his on-pitch interview. “Thank you to the crowd for making the game so special and for providing an amazing environment. It’s a big win for me.”
Cressy, who is making his Eastbourne debut, will face Britain’s #NextGenATP Jack Draper or British wild card Ryan Peniston in the last four. Earlier this season, the world No. 60 reached the championship game at the Melbourne Summer Set, losing to Rafael Nadal.
“The past three months have been tough, but I stayed resilient and knew my time would come,” added Cressy. “My confidence is back and I’m proud of myself and so happy.”