Cameron Norrie makes history as he becomes first Brit to win Indian Wells title

Cameron Norrie has entered the world’s top 20 for the first time in his career after becoming the first Brit to triumph at the Indian Wells tournament

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Cameron Norrie made history to become the first Brit to win the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Sunday.

Norrie came from behind to defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili 3-6 6-4 6-1 in an hour and 49 minutes – and was even down a break in the second set before storming back.

The 26-year-old has capped off a fine season in style, securing his second career title at a tournament labelled by some as tennis’ ‘fifth-major’.

Norrie had become the first Brit to reach the final of one of the ATP’s nine elite Masters 1000 events since Andy Murray won in Paris back in 2016, and he is beginning to become a consistent presence in key tournaments.

Cameron Norrie became the first Brit to win the Indian Wells tournament in history


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The win means Norrie is guaranteed a top-20 position for the first time in his career while securing the status of British number one to end his breakout season – in which he won his first title at Los Cabos, Mexico in July and reached four other finals across three different surfaces on the hardcourt of San Diego, clay in Lyon and Estoril and the grass of Queen’s.

Norrie qualified for an impressive six finals this year, matched only by world number one and 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic.

“It means so much to me, my biggest title. I’m so happy, I can’t even describe it right now,” he said in his on-court interview after the match. “It’s absolutely massive for me and my team. I can’t really believe it.

“I’ve been really enjoying my tennis and really been enjoying being out on court and competing in the big moments.

“I’m just really pleased with how I handled the occasion, and I think I’m doing that a lot better this year. I know I lost in a lot of finals so it’s nice to get the big one today.”

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Cameron Norrie came from a set down to win the second tournament of his career at Indian Wells


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In the opening set, Norrie broke Basilashvili in the third game and led 3-1 but the Georgian powered back. He broke the Brit to level the set before holding serve and breaking Norrie once more to strike the first blow.

The 29-year-old continued to be on the offensive in the second set and took a 3-1 lead before Norrie broke back on a second break point. The two men traded games before Norrie took games nine and 10 – including an impressive break of Basilashvili to love to tie the match at one set apiece.

Norrie rode his momentum into the final set, and served his first ace of the match to comfortably hold serve in the first game before breaking Basilashvili to seize control with a 3-0 lead.

The Brit then suffered his second double fault of the final and faced three break points at 0-40, but Norrie forced his way back to deuce after triumphing in three long rallies before eventually holding serve.

With the Georgian tiring, Norrie tightened his grip on the game to go 5-1 up before securing the title and prize money totalling just over $1.2million.

“I was a little bit uncomfortable (early),” Norrie admitted. “It was quite windy. For a stage he went through and hit so many winners. It was tough for me to get some confidence. The rallies were really short and he was just blasting winners.

“But when I made a couple of big shots in the 5-4 game in the second set it gave me a lot of confidence, and I was able to find my feet again, start moving again, and make the rallies physical like I’ve been doing all tournament and it worked in my favour.”

Norrie was far more effective than Basilashvili when it mattered, making just 23 unforced errors to his opponent’s 44 while converting five of eight break points compared to the Georgian’s three of six.

Heading into the final, Norrie revealed how he hoped this tournament would become somewhat of a launchpad to improve his success in grand slams in 2022.

He is still yet to reach the second week of a grand slam, suffering third round defeats to Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open and Roland Garros before falling to Roger Federer at Wimbledon.

The 2022 Australian Open will take place between January 17-30.

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