Norrie enjoys winning 'big one'

18 October 2021 18:39:53 GMTPlus11
Cameron Norrie claimed the Indian Wells title

Cameron Norrie says he hopes he can build on his triumph at Indian Wells, after he became the first Briton to win the title by defeating Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The 26-year-old battled back from a set down to win 3-6 6-4 6-1 and claim one of the biggest titles in tennis, and he will be confident of maintaining his form at the Australian Open in January, where he is 40/1 to win his first Grand Slam.

Norrie is now the British number one thanks to his Indian Wells success and he is also in the running for the season-ending ATP Finals.

It means so much to me, my biggest title.

Cameron Norrie

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Sunday's victory means he will rise to a career-high 16th in the world after a memorable campaign in which he has reached six finals and won 47 matches.

Norrie's determination and superior fitness once again did the trick, and he admits it is a massive moment in his career.

He told reporters during his on-court interview: "It means so much to me, my biggest title. I'm so happy. I can't even describe it right now.

"It was a strange match, but absolutely massive for me and my team. I can't really believe it. If you'd have told me I'd have won before the tournament started, I wouldn't have believed you, so it's amazing."

Norrie handles the occasion

"I've been really enjoying my tennis and been enjoying being out on the court and competing in the big moments. I'm just really pleased with how I handled the occasion.

"I think I'm doing a lot better with that this year. I lost a lot of those finals, so it's nice to get the big one today."

Meanwhile, the women's title was taken by Paula Badosa, who edged out Victoria Azarenka 7-6 2-6 7-6 in a thriller which lasted just over three hours.

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