Norrie prepared for final hurdle

17 October 2021 18:15:00 GMTPlus11
Nikoloz Basilashvili is the final opponent

Cameron Norrie is confident that he is getting used to the pressure on him to perform, having reached his first Masters 1000 final in Indian Wells.

The new British number one defeated Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-4 to set up a final showdown with Nikoloz Basilashvili and Norrie is 4/7 to defeat the Georgian and 10/3 to do so in three sets.

Norrie getting better

Norrie had previously called his quarter-final success against Diego Schwartzman as the biggest match of his life, but he suffered no blip when he moved on to face former ATP Tour Finals winner Dimitrov.

He eased through in some comfort, making his sixth final of the season and winning the 46th match of what has been a breakthrough campaign for the left-hander.

I feel like I am used to the big moments and the big matches.

Cameron Norrie

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Basilashvili also progressed in straight sets as he saw off home hope Taylor Fritz 7-6 6-3, with Norrie having won the only previous meeting of the two players in Rotterdam earlier this year - claiming a 6-0 6-3 success.

And Norrie is clearly getting used to the challenge of competing at the business end of tournaments.

Norrie feeling comfortable

He told the official ATP Tour website: "It was the biggest match of my career, following on from yesterday, which was the biggest match. There was even more pressure today.

"I've been playing a lot of big matches this year, which has helped. I feel like I am used to the big moments and the big matches.

"I'm feeling more and more comfortable and I feel like I am playing on my terms in key moments."

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