Cameron Norrie BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, advanced to the fourth round after coming from behind and saying goodbye Japanese modifier taro daniel.
This English number one, 12th in the world, battled to beat world number 103 Daniel 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-2 in a competition that lasted just over two hours and 40 minutes.
Norrie looked doomed after losing the opening set by a tiebreak and trailing 4-1 in the second set.
But the 2021 Indian Wells champion rallied on his way to capturing the set by taking four straight games, then smashing Daniel twice early in game three as he completed the return.
It’s the 20th victory of the season for Norrie, who won the Rio Open last month after beating world number 2 Carlos Alcaraz in the final.
The 27-year-old said in a field interview broadcast by Amazon Prime Video: “I wasn’t very happy with myself at the start of the second set.
“But I was able to really play points for points and then really come back and play some of my best tennis.
I played a solid third set and I think he could have been a lot more comfortable but he struggled a lot.
“I’m happy to ride the wave right now, but I still have a lot to work on. It wasn’t the best of today’s matches, but I’ll admit it.”
Norrie will face Andrey Rublev in the fourth round after winning consecutive sets over world number seven Ugo Humbert.
The Russian player was pushed away in the first set, but went home in the second set, beating the Frenchman 7-5 6-3.
Elsewhere, world number six Daniil Medvedev took a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win over Ilya Ivashka.
After defeating seventh seed Emil Ruusuvuori 7-5 1-6 7-5, the result prepares the Russians for their fourth round match against Alexander Zverev.
In the women’s tournament, Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka beat Lesia Tsurenko, while American Coco Gauff defeated Linda Noskova in straight sets.
Third-seeded Jessica Pegula recovered from an early scare to beat Anastasia Potapova 3-6 6-4 7-5.