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Tennis: Cameron Norrie beats Nikoloz Basilashvili to win Indian Wells in breakthrough season

Cameron Norrie’s breakthrough season reached a high point in the California desert on Sunday with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili to become the first Briton to win the ATP Indian Wells title.

Norrie rallied from a set down to earn his career best 47th win of the season and is the first player from Great Britain to lift the trophy, achieving what former finalists Andy Murray, Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski failed to do.

This is Norrie’s second title in his sixth ATP final of the season after winning his maiden crown earlier this year in Los Cabos. The victory will also propel him into the top 20 in the world for the first time in his career, and move him past Daniel Evans to become the new British No. 1.

Cam Norrie two weeks ago: 0-2 lifetime at #BNPPO21

Cam Norrie after Sunday’s victory:

First Masters 1000 title ✔️
Will make Top-20 debut Monday ✔️
Will become British No.1 Monday ✔️
47-20 record in 2021 ✔️

Truly, a banner week! pic.twitter.com/mW20h3Dv4D

— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 18, 2021

“I am so happy, this is my biggest title,” said Norrie, who clinched the crown when Basilashvili belted a forehand long on the first match point.

Norrie hit just one ace had two double faults but won 77% of…

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