Cameron Norrie became the first Briton to win the Indian Wells title after he fought back from a set down to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Norrie won 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to seal the deal and claim one of tennis’ biggest prizes besides a Grand Slam.

His efforts in California have propelled him to British no. 1, and he’s now in the running to reach the season-ending ATP Finals.

He’s currently 10th in the race to qualify for next month’s eight-man Finals in Turin and with eighth-placed Rafa Nadal missing the rest of the season, Norrie is within touching distance of overtaking ninth-placed Hubert Hurkacz and confirming a spot.

He will jump to no. 16 in the world, having started the year off as 74th, after a stunning season which has seen the Brit make six finals – a feat only matched by Novak Djokovic this year.

“I’m so happy, I can’t even describe it.”

“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,” said Norrie, who is the first British player to reach the final at one of the elite Masters 1,000 events since Andy Murray won in Paris back in 2016.

Norrie’s maiden ATP singles trophy came in July when he won the Los Cabos Open in Mexico and he has now backed that up with one of the most prestigious tour titles outside the four majors.

He has also achieved something that no other Briton has, with Murray, Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski all having reached the Indian Wells final but finishing as second best in California.

British tennis is enjoying something of a resurgence at the minute, as Norrie’s achievements come just a month after Emma Raducanu’s incredible US Open triumph – long may it continue!

 

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