Cameron Norrie has put himself in serious contention for the ATP Finals after beating Nikoloz Basilashvili to win Indian Wells.
Norrie has had a breakthrough season on the ATP Tour and he can now add a Masters level title to his growing list of achievements.
He had to do it the hard way, though, coming back from a set down after Basilashvili’s sheer hitting power dominated the middle part of the match.
“It means so much to me, my biggest title,” Norrie said after the match. “I’m so happy. I can’t even describe it right now.
“It was a strange match today 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 is now tenth in the race to Turin, meaning he has a genuine shot at qualifying.
He is in a race with Hubert Hurkacz, Jannik Sinner, and Felix Auger-Aliassime, with two of the four qualifying.
“I was a little bit uncomfortable,” Norrie admitted. “It was quite windy and for a stage he went through, he hit so many winners.
“It was tough for me to get some confidence on my rally balls because the rallies were really short.
“He was just blasting winners, so when I made a couple of those big shots at that 5-4 game in the second set it gave me a lot of confidence.
“I was able to find my feet and start moving again. I made the rallies physical like I’d been doing all tournament and it worked in my favour.”
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