Cameron Norrie beat Diego Schwartzman 6-0, 6-2 to reach ATP Indian Wells Masters semi-finals.

INDIAN WELLS (AFP) - Cameron Norrie overpowered No. 11 seed Diego Schwartzman 6-0, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters on Thursday.

Norrie, the 21st seed, needed just 73 minutes to dispatch the Argentinian and has now won three of four career matches against Schwartzman, who was undone by a string of unforced errors in the California desert.

"Everything went my way today," Norrie said. "Right from the beginning I was timing the ball well. I thought I was in for a long match because the previous times we have played have been so long and so physical so I was ready for that.

"I hit a lot of lines in the first set and stayed tough in the second and served well when I needed to. I am so happy to be through, it is such a big win for me."

Britain s Norrie, appearing in his first Indian Wells quarter-final, next faces Grigor Dimitrov who outlasted eighth seeded Hubert Hurkacz in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2).

Dimitrov eliminated top-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev in a hard-fought fourth round match on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old Norrie, who will supplant Daniel Evans as the British No. 1 when the new rankings come out on Monday, is enjoying a career best season.

"I have been pretty consistent this year," Norrie added. "I think I am really doing the fundamentals well on serve and return and playing the big points better.

"I have been a little more aggressive and feel I am learning more as I go along and becoming more experienced."

Norrie cruised through the opening set in 32 minutes, losing just one point on his first serve. He won 72 percent of his first serve points overall and won 58 points compared to just 30 for Schwartzman.

Earlier this year, Norrie captured his first ATP title in Los Cabos. He also delivered a run to the championship match of a grass court tournament in London.

Dimitrov withstood 14 aces from Hurkacz as their first career meeting turned into a classic lasting two hours and 37 minutes.

The Bulgarian used a steady game and a more consistent serve to shake off a first-set loss and then close it out in a third set tiebreaker.

Dimitrov won the final three points of the tiebreaker, clinching it when Hurkacz hit the final shot into the net.

"I am so glad I have a day off tomorrow," said Dimitrov. "I never played Hubert before. He has all the weapons.

"At the beginning his serve was too good. After the first set I tried to regroup and tried to turn things around. I still felt I had something left in me but I wasn t sure how much I had.

"I stayed in there and dug deep. The only way he could have done it is if he took it away from me. The last few points was the difference."

Hurkacz hit more aces and made fewer double faults (4-1) but had his serve broken three times.

Anett Kontaveit and 12th seeded Ons Jabeur kicked of the women s schedule later Thursday with a quarter-final contest.

The combined WTA and ATP Masters is event normally held in March, but returned this fall after a two-and-a -half-year hiatus due to the global coronavirus pandemic.