Defending champion Cameron Norrie will play against World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev, who put out Miomir Kecmanovic for a place in Saturday’s final at the ATP 250 in Los Cabos, Mexico.
In his on-court interview, the World No. 12 commented: “Especially winning last year, you want to come out and win the title, but [I’ve just] taken it one match at a time.”
“[Against] Felix today, it was looking really tough, so I was really pleased with how I handled that today, especially after losing that second set.”
In their fifth meeting at tour level, Norrie clinched his maiden victory over the World No. 9 Auger-Aliassime, advancing into the championship match.
Further speaking about his Canadian adversary, the 26-year-old outlined: “Every time he gets me and plays better than me, so I really wanted to win that one more than usual.
“I started off great, and then Felix found his level in the second set, so I feel really good to get through that one, especially with the last game when he had a couple of chances to break me. I managed to hold on tight and tough it out.”
Adding: “It feels great to be in the final and especially to set up a meeting with the No. 1 in the world in Daniil.”
On Saturday night, the reigning champion will face top seed Daniil Medvedev, who edged 22-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic in straight sets, 7-6(0), 6-1, to move into the final in his debut at the Abierto de Tenis Mifel.
After his matchup against the fourth-seeded Serbian player, the World No. 1 said: “Very tough match. He started great, and all the first set was at a great level. So many tough points, so many points where I felt like I was close to getting the edge. The tie-break was great.”
The Moscow native leads Norrie in their Head2Head series with a victory that dates back from 2019 at the ATP Rolex Shanghai Masters 1000.
Ever since a lot of water has run under the bridge, the in-form third seed will aim to win his 5th ATP career title, his second in a row at Los Cabos.
Medvedev set off his hard-court swing at the tournament, looking to capture his first trophy thus far this season.
Moreover, the U.S. Open reigning champion is preparing to defend his title at the fourth major, held in New York from August 29 to September 11.
The 13-time ATP titlist opener against Australian Rinky Hijikata on Mexican soil was the first match he played on Tour since June at the Mallorca Championships - an event contested on grass.
He did not play at Wimbledon due to the organizer’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from the Grand Slam due to the invasion of Ukraine.
Throughout his campaign in the sunny Mexican city, he emerged victorious in all three matches he contested, recording straight-set victories every time. Not bad for a player who has been away from the official competition for over a month.