Cameron Norrie: British tennis player secures historic title at Indian Wells | Tennis News

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Norrie comes from a set all the way down to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili within the ultimate; Norrie will rise into the world’s prime 20 because of the win; Norrie: “It’s absolutely massive for me and my team. I can’t really believe it.”

Last Updated: 18/10/21 9:04am


Watch highlights as Cameron Norrie became the first Briton to win the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells

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Watch highlights as Cameron Norrie turned the primary Briton to win the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells

Watch highlights as Cameron Norrie turned the primary Briton to win the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells

Cameron Norrie turned the primary British tennis player to win the distinguished Indian Wells match by preventing again for a storming three-set victory on Sunday.

Norrie beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 3-6 6-4 6-1 within the ultimate to cap his breakout 12 months with victory in tennis’s unofficial ‘fifth main’.

The 26-year-old lifted the title after an hour and 49 minutes, recovering after being down a break at 3-1 within the second set to safe his second profession title in his most interesting 12 months on the circuit.

Norrie, who began the week ranked twenty sixth, is now assured a top-20 place and has turn out to be Britain’s new No 1.

He was the primary British player to succeed in the ultimate at one of many ATP’s 9 elite Masters 1000 occasions since Andy Murray triumphed in Paris in 2016.

Norrie reflected on an incredible week after his victory at Indian Wells

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Norrie mirrored on an unbelievable week after his victory at Indian Wells

Norrie mirrored on an unbelievable week after his victory at Indian Wells

Speaking on-court after the match, Norrie stated: “It means so much to me, my biggest title. I’m so happy, I can’t even describe it right now.

“It’s completely large for me and my crew. I am unable to actually consider it.”

Norrie’s success caps a year in which he won his first title, at Los Cabos, Mexico, in July, and reached six finals in all – a feat matched only by World No 1 Novak Djokovic.

The Brit reached four other finals on three different surfaces – on the hardcourts of San Diego, the grass of Queen’s, and on clay in Lyon and Estoril.

“I’ve been actually having fun with my tennis and actually been having fun with being out on courtroom and competing within the huge moments,” he said.

“I’m simply actually happy with how I dealt with the event, and I feel I’m doing that loads higher this 12 months. I do know I misplaced in a whole lot of finals so it is good to get the massive one in the present day.”

Basilashvili said he was disappointed in the outcome but looked forward to returning to the event.

The tournament was not held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was pushed from March to October this year because of the global health crisis.

It will return to its regular March date on the sports calendar next year.

“I hoped to get a title, nevertheless it’s okay,” Basilashvili said. “I’ll transfer on and I hope that I’ll come again right here in March and play higher tennis.”

Norrie’s successes have been a big part of a great year for British tennis, which also featured Emma Raducanu’s remarkable victory at the US Open.

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