British number two Cameron Norrie defeated American Tommy Paul in three sets to reach the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters.
World No. 26 Norrie won 6-4 4-6 6-2 to claim his 44th ATP Tour victory this year.
The 26-year-old southpaw had never reached this stage of a Masters 1000 tournament before.
Norrie will face Diego Schwartzman in the round of 16 after the Argentine defeated Norwegian Casper Rudd in straight sets.
If Norrie advances beyond Schwartzman, whom he beat in the first round of the 2020 US Open, it will see him replace Dan Evans as the British number one and may also provide enough ranking points to break into the world’s top 20 for the first time. . time in your career.
It would also bring him closer to the coveted half-century mark of ATP Tour wins in a single season. Andy Murray and Tim Henman are the only Brits to have accomplished that feat on the elite men’s circuit this millennium.
Also on Wednesday, US Open champion Daniil Medvedev was eliminated by Grigor Dimitrov, losing 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Medvedev was the top seed in Indian Wells after winning his first Grand Slam title last month. He won the first set and was up 4-1 in the second when he collapsed, losing eight straight games.