Britain’s top seed Cameron Norrie reached his third consecutive semi-final at the Lyon Open on clay, but compatriot Jack Draper was eliminated from the tournament.
Defending champion Nuri regained focus after going down in the middle of the match to defeat Sebastien Paez 6-2 2-6 6-1.
“I tried to reset myself and let out a lot of energy,” Nouri said.
The 27-year-old faces Argentine fourth seed Francesco Sirondolo, who came back from a set and a break to beat Draper 4-6 6-4 6-3.
Nouri’s progress in Lyon is a boost to British hopes on clay ahead of the French Open starting on Sunday, with a much reduced squad from the Grand Slam contender nation.
It was Nuri’s 13th win in 14 matches in Lyon, having reached the final in 2021 before claiming the title last year.
“It was a tough match,” Nouri said in his on-court interview. “It’s the perfect kind of match I need before the French Open to get a lot of points long legs, run a lot and have to defend a lot.”
Nuri’s continued success on the court provides a confidence boost just in time after early exits on clay in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid in recent weeks, and a tough encounter with Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in a round-of-16 defeat at the Italian Open last week.
Norrie will lead Britain’s challenge at the French Open but is now one of only three from the nation to participate in a major singles tie after Kyle Edmund withdrew on Thursday with a wrist injury.
Dan Evans and Jack Draper joined Norrie in the men’s singles main draw at Roland Garros, but there it is There are no british women in singles For the first time since 2009.