Cameron Norrie keeps title defence alive as he rolls past Jenson Brooksby to set up Carlos Alcaraz clash

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Cameron Norrie celebrates

Defending champion Cameron Norrie continued his title defence at the BNP Paribas Open with a solid win over Jenson Brooksby in the fourth round on Wednesday.

Norrie, who won his maiden ATP Masters 1000 event last year when defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Indian Wells final, was always in control of proceedings as he defeated the American 6-2, 6-4.

The British No 1 stormed into a 4-0 lead with back-to-back breaks and then served out the set.

Brooksby upped his game in the second set as he opened a 0-40 lead and although Norrie saved five break points, the American made it 2-0.

But they were back on serve in game five and Norrie doubled up to lead 4-3 only for Brooksby to hit back. However, the world No 12 broke for a third time in game nine and then served it out to love.

Up next is Carlos Alcaraz after the Spanish teenager defeated Gael Monfils – the man who eliminated top seed Daniil Medvedev – 7-5, 6-1.

“I’m going to be happy if I keep the level [from tonight], but I always say that you can improve every day, you can do better every day,” said about his quarter-final clash against Norrie.

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