‘My mum was in tears’ – Norrie reveals parents did not watch Indian Wells triumph

Cameron Norrie says his parents were so nervous watching his Indian Wells Masters final, they took their dog for a walk after he lost the first set.

The new British number one eventually secured the biggest title of his career, beating Nikoloz Basilashvili and moving up to 16th in the world rankings.

Norrie has reached new heights this season, winning 47 of his 67 matches, placing him in the top 10 for win-loss records, and he has a chance of reaching the season-ending ATP Finals, but he admits what he has achieved has still not hit him.

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“They actually didn’t watch the match,” Norrie told Sky Sports News, after he was asked about his parents.

“They were too nervous to be watching so I spoke to them after, they were in tears.

I was like so what did you guys do when I was playing? They said when you lost the first set we had to go out and walk the dogs, we were so nervous, we didn’t know what to do, so they re-watched it knowing the result so they could relax.

“But they were so happy and my mum was in tears, so it was very special to speak to them after getting the title.”

“What an incredible week” – Norrie becomes first British man to win at Indian Wells

Norrie says he is playing at a transitional time for tennis, with only Novak Djokovic still dominating the game and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal struggling with injuries as they approach the end of their careers. But he knows he is not the only big talent making an impact, and says going one step further to claim a Grand Slam victory will be tough.

“To win this title has been absolutely a big step for me, especially coming from winning Los Cabos, which was only an ATP 250.

“It’s been a lot of finals and a lot of them haven’t gone my way, so it’s nice for this bigger one to go my way, especially after coming unstuck in the Queen’s final, just before Wimbledon, than now is a tough one.

“It’ nice to reap the benefits in this one and I’m looking forward to next year a little bit.

“But I mean, to win a Slam as another animal, it’s so tough to do, but definitely heading in the right direction, a lot of work, a lot of tennis to be played for the rest of the year.”

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'A phenomenal achievement' – Murray praises Norrie after Indian Wells win

Andy Murray praised compatriot Cameron Norrie as his impressive season form continued with a win at Indian Wells.

The triumph is the first time a Briton has ever claimed the title at the Masters 1000 tournament and has put Norrie in contention to qualify for the ATP Finals.

Speaking ahead of the European Open, Murray admitted he was a little surprised at the 26-year-old’s success.

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“I’d be lying if I said that I called that to be honest,” Murray said.

“However, I have spent a decent amount of time around him and practised with him quite a lot and he works extremely hard.

“I think he’s a great example for not just British players but all tennis players to look at and go, if you put the effort in day in, day out and properly dedicate yourself to the sport, have an attitude like he does, it can take you a long, long way.

“It was obviously a phenomenal achievement last night. But I think maybe the season that he’s having is more impressive than that one week.

“Every week he’s winning matches. He’s played six finals [this season], and this year he’s looking like he’s going to win more matches on the tour than he had in every season that he’d had beforehand combined.”

Norrie is now ranked No 15 in the world after starting his ATP career in 2017, and Murray is impressed how he has moved up the rankings.

“That shows how much of an improvement he has made,” Murray explained.

“I knew he was good. But to be top 20 in the world and pushing for a spot in the tour finals is an incredible effort.”

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Brain Game: Why Norrie's Backhand Was Basilashvili's Kryptonite

Cameron Norrie’s blocking backhand versus Nikoloz Basilashvili’s free-wheeling forehand. This was the micro-battle that decided the fate of the BNP Paribas Open final.

Norrie defeated Basilashvili 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Sunday evening in the desert by absorbing, redirecting, and ultimately dismantling the barrage of power that was thrown at his backhand wing through the Deuce court. It was a masterful display of counter-attacking that took time to develop, with Norrie trailing a set-and-a-break (6-3, 2-1) early on. But from 4-4 in the second set, Norrie reeled off eight of the next nine games and 70 per cent (37/53) of points to run away with a stunning victory.

Norrie’s backhand is a study in efficiency. His straight-arm technique starts with minimal backswing. It has no moving parts to break down. It devours power for breakfast, and it was the ideal kryptonite to disassemble Basilashvili’s flamboyant forehand.

Basilashvili committed 50 groundstroke errors (excluding returns, volleys & overheads) in the final, including 34 on his forehand and 16 on his backhand. If you dig a layer deeper and examine the preceding shot from Norrie before these errors, the real narrative of the match unfolds before your eyes.

50 Basilashvili Groundstroke Errors & Preceding Shot From Norrie

  • 21 forehand errors following a Norrie backhand
  • 13 forehand errors following a Norrie forehand
  • 10 backhand errors following a Norrie forehand
  • 6 backhand errors following a Norrie backhand

Norrie’s master plan of shoveling his backhand crosscourt and providing Basilashvili absolutely nothing to work with took time to mature. Basilashvili only yielded one forehand error in the opening set from a Norrie backhand. That grew to eight in the second set as Norrie wrestled control of the momentum and blossomed to 12 in the third set as the British lefty raced to the finish line. Basilashvili did accumulate 20 groundstroke winners (15 forehand / five backhand), but they were largely inconsequential, as were Norrie’s seven groundstroke winners.

Norrie was a dog with a bone, mining forehand errors as the sun set in the California desert.

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The inner workings of this micro-battle uncover an unusual dynamic that almost always ends up with the forehand taking the honours. Not this time. Firstly, it’s important to recognise that Norrie is left-handed. If this was a righty-to-righty match-up, Basilashvili would be attacking his opponent’s backhand with a more potent run-around forehand through the Ad court. That’s typically right in the Georgian’s wheelhouse.

But to get to Norrie’s backhand, Basilashvili had to attack crosscourt through the Deuce court, which is where Norrie’s cunning trap was set. Normally you see a player under fire on the backhand wing try and redirect the ball away from the opponent’s more powerful forehand. Not Norrie. The Brit was steadfast going back crosscourt to Basilashvili’s forehand, and the more angle that developed in the rally the better. Basilashvili was constantly presented with a low, ultra-flat ball out wide in the Deuce court that he could do almost nothing with — except miss. It was about as far out of his strikezone as a ball could get, and extremely difficult to go down the line with because it was so low and short in the court.

Norrie fed off Basilashvili’s power, counter-punching his way to the biggest title of his career. Norrie normally looks for more forehands in a match, getting the ball up high to his opponent’s backhand wing, but that was not where the errors existed in this match. Norrie wanted backhands to break down Basilashvili’s forehand, and he hit more backhands in the final compared to his previous four rounds.

Norrie’s Backhand to Forehand Ratio Leading To The Final

  • Final v Basilashvili = 50% backhands (138 backhands / 136 forehands)
  • SF v Dimitrov = 41% backhands (147 forehands / 102 backhands)
  • QF v Schwartzman = 42% backhands (131 forehands / 93 backhands)
  • R16 v Paul = 32% backhands (244 forehands / 113 backhands)
  • R32 v Bautista Agut = 46% backhands (302 forehands / 259 backhands)

The bunt backhand bamboozled the swashbuckling forehand. Welcome to the Top 20, Cameron Norrie.

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Cameron Norrie has soared into contention for a place at the Nitto ATP Finals after he captured his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the BNP Paribas Open, where he overcame Nikoloz Basilashvili in the final.

The Briton was in 14th position in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin prior to the start of Indian Wells, but has surged to 10th (on 2,830 points) after he clinched the biggest trophy of his career. The 26-year-old is now just 125 points behind ninth-placed Hubert Hurkacz, who occupies the final qualifying spot on 2,955 points. Rafael Nadal is currently eighth, but has stopped his season due to a foot injury.

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Norrie, who won his maiden ATP Tour crown at the Mifel Open in Los Cabos in July, is aiming to make his debut at the prestigious season finale, to be held at the Pala Alpitour in Turin from 14-21 November.

“Even before the tournament I was in the hunt. I think before I was 14 or 15 in the Race. I had a chance,” Norrie said in his post-match press conference in Indian Wells. “I was thinking about it. If you think about it too much, it can’t be good for you. I’m playing Vienna, Paris, and Stockholm, the last three events indoors. It would be nice to make it, but I’m going to keep going, keep taking care of what I can and handling what I can.

“I think even being in the conversation this late in the year, I think that’s impressive for me. If you would have told me before the year that would be the case, I would have been happy. I think that’s a lot of good progression.”

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Norway’s Casper Ruud has strengthened his bid to qualify, rising to seventh on 3,015 points after he advanced to the fourth round in Indian Wells. The 22-year-old has enjoyed a career-best season, capturing a tour-leading five titles this year. In July, he became the first player since Andy Murray in October 2011 to complete an ATP Tour hat-trick, triumphing in Bastad, Gstaad and Kitzbühel in three consecutive weeks.

Italy’s Matteo Berrettini remains in sixth (4,000) and is close to securing his second qualification for the Nitto ATP Finals, having made his debut at the event in 2019. #NextGenATP stars Jannik Sinner of Italy and Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime are 11th (2,595) and 12th (2,330) respectively, and remain in the mix with less than one month to go in the regular ATP Tour season.

‘I don’t know what people have against the Brits’ – Norrie’s shoes go missing ahead of final

Cameron Norrie has said his shoes went missing ahead of the biggest match of his life, but that didn’t stop the new British number one from winning his first ATP Masters 1000 title.

Norrie, 26, fought back from a set down to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili to become the first Brit to win the Indian Wells title.

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But Norrie’s preparations were hindered when his footwear vanished.

¨Every day I left my shoes on top of the locker,” Norrie said. ¨I think someone, I don’t know who it was, maybe someone from the cleaners or something last night, came through and they threw the three pairs of shoes that I had away.

I looked all day. I had everyone looking. You don´t want to be thinking about your shoes. At one point I said, ´All right, these are the shoes I got, I´m just going to focus on what I can control right now. I wore them in a little bit, and came good in the end.

Andy Murray suffered a similar incident earlier in the tournament when his shoes – with his wedding ring attached to the laces – disappeared from under a car.

“I don´t know what people have against the Brits with stealing the shoes,” Norrie added.

“But I didn´t manage to get them back.

“Luckily, I didn´t have the wedding ring attached.”

Norrie fought from a set and a break down to take the title, meaning he has risen to a career-high ranking of 16th, become British number one, and has put himself in contention for a spot at the ATP Finals this year.

Norrie is currently in 10th place in the race to Turin and sits just 115 points behind ninth-placed Herbert Hurkacz. Given Rafael Nadal has already brought his season to a close, ninth place will qualify.

And after Norrie sat 74th at the start of the year, six ATP finals and two wins later he is delighted to be in the mix for the Finals.

“I think even being in the conversation this late in the year with, what, four tournaments left after this, I think that’s impressive for me,” he said.

“If you would have told me before the year that would be the case, I would have been happy. I think that’s a lot of good progression.

“[Next] I’m playing Vienna, Paris and Stockholm. It would be nice to make it, but I’m going to keep going, keep taking care of what I can and handling what I can.”

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Norrie Surges Into Top 10 Of 2021 FedEx ATP Race To Turin

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Cameron Norrie moves to 10th position in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin after capturing this maiden ATP Masters 1000 crown in Indian Wells.

ATPTour.com looks at the top Movers of the Week in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin, as of Monday, 18 October 2021

No. 10 Cameron Norrie, +4
The Brit has soared into the Top 10 of the FedEx ATP Race To Turin after he clinched his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the BNP Paribas Open. The 26-year-old, who had not won a match in two prior main draw appearances in Indian Wells, is the first British man to lift the trophy in California. The Los Cabos champion is aiming to make his debut at the Nitto ATP Finals, which will be held at the Pala Alpitour in Turin from 14-21 November. Read Indian Wells Final Report & Watch Highlights

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No. 7 Casper Ruud, +1
The 22-year-old has risen one spot to eighth after he enjoyed a run to the fourth round in Indian Wells. The Norwegian has won five tour-level titles this year and moved past Roberto Carballes Baena and Lloyd Harris, before falling to Diego Schwartzman in the desert.

No. 15 Nikoloz Basilashvili, +7
After advancing to his first Masters 1000 final in Indian Wells, the Georgian has climbed seven places in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin. The 29-year-old upset World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals in what was his first Top 5 victory since he defeated then-World No. 5 Alexander Zverev in Hamburg in 2019.

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No. 23 Grigor Dimitrov, +15
No. 26T Taylor Fritz, +16
No. 49 Gael Monfils, +6
No. 59 Tallon Griekspoor, +21
No. 62T Tommy Paul, +10

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Missing Shoes Don't Stop Norrie From Biggest Win Yet

Imagine preparing for the biggest match of your life only to realise your tennis shoes have gone missing! Cameron Norrie faced that challenge on Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open, but nothing was able to stop the Briton, who captured his first ATP Masters 1000 title despite the mystery of the missing shoes.

“Every day I left my shoes on top of the locker. I think someone, I don’t know who it was, maybe someone from the cleaners or something last night, came through and they threw the three pairs of shoes that I had away,” Norrie said. “I looked all day. I had everyone looking. I don’t know what the people have against the Brits with stealing the shoes, but I didn’t manage to get them back. Just had to go out there with a fresh pair of shoes.

“It was just difficult. Luckily I didn’t have a wedding ring attached. I didn’t lose that, so it was a bonus for me.”

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It was reminiscent of an incident earlier in the tournament, when Andy Murray left a pair of smelly shoes under his car to air them out. When he woke up, they were gone, and so was his wedding ring, which was attached to the shoelaces. Eventually, the former World No. 1 recovered the shoes.

Norrie did not, but that did not stop him from rallying past Nikoloz Basilashvili in three sets to become the first male British singles champion in tournament history.

“I don’t think it mattered too much. Ideally I like to play with shoes that I’ve been using for maybe five or six hits or practices or warmups. I like to have them a little bit used. They feel a bit heavy in general if they’re a bit newer,” Norrie said. “A couple times I was just thinking about it, probably not the best thing. You don’t want to be thinking about your shoes. A little bit to get used to.

“At one point I said, ‘All right, these are the shoes I got, I’m just going to focus on what I can control right now.’ I wore them in a little bit, came good in the end.”

Norrie began the tournament at a career-high World No. 26 and enjoying the best season of his career. But he had never previously made a Masters 1000 quarter-final. Was the run surprising for the lefty?

“I think it’s a little bit surprising. Starting the tournament, you’re a little bit nervous, you’re not really sure, not used to the conditions. You’re not feeling good. I had a couple of tough matches early on,” Norrie said. “I think it just shows if you stick around in these big events, obviously it was pretty miraculous that all the top guys lost, and when I looked at the four semi-finalists, ‘Hmm, it’s a good opportunity here.’ Didn’t really want to get too far ahead of myself.”

It was been an incredible season for the 26-year-old, who was World No. 71 at the start of the year. Now, Norrie is in 10th in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin, just 125 points out of the final qualifying spot for the Nitto ATP Finals.

“I think honestly doing it this way, getting slowly, slowly better every year, improving little things, I don’t think I’ve missed anything, made any big jumps. I’ve been working extremely hard. I’ve got a lot of great people around me that’s wanting the best for me,” Norrie said. “We’re taking care of all the little details on the court, off the court, and we all have the same goal in mind. When that all comes together, it definitely helps.”

The two-time ATP Tour titlist was still taking it all in during his post-match press conference. But one thing was clear: Norrie was over the moon after the tournament of his life.

“What an incredible week I’ve had here,” Norrie said. “I still don’t really know what I’m experiencing. It was an amazing couple weeks and I’m so happy with how I treated all the occasions, all the big moments, all the matches. I’m so happy, so pleased to win my biggest title.”

Norrie Scoops Biggest Career Title In Indian Wells

Cameron Norrie is an ATP Masters 1000 champion for the first time after capturing the biggest title of his career at the BNP Paribas Open over Nikoloz Basilashvili in three sets on Sunday.

The World No. 26 became the first man ranked outside the Top 25 to win in the desert since Ivan Ljubicic in 2010 and jumped to 10th in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin. The 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 result over the 29th seed came and handed him a second title this season from his sixth final (d. Nakashima in Los Cabos).

In the second ATP Masters 1000 final this year between players ranked outside the Top 25, after Hubert Hurkacz defeated Jannik Sinner in Miami, Norrie became the first British man to win in Indian Wells. Before this year, he had not won a match in two prior main draw appearances.

 But after wins over Tennys Sandgren, Roberto Bautista Agut, Tommy Paul, Diego Schwartzman, Grigor Dimitrov and Basilashvili, he departs Indian Wells at a career-high No. 16 in the FedEx ATP Rankings and as the new British No. 1.

From an early break down at 1-3, the Georgian began to find his range and won 10 of the next 11 points as his pace of shot from the back of the court began to gain the better of his opponent. Off the back foot, the Georgian whipped a forehand winner into the corner to bring up a break point at 4-3 and put the foot down as he won the last five games of the set.

It was the first time all tournament Norrie had dropped the opening set and if he was to become the first British man to win in the desert he was going to have to win from a set down for the eighth time this season. There were ominous signs when the Briton angled a backhand volley wide to surrender the early break for 2-1 in the second set, but a loose game from the Georgian brought the pair back level.

Norrie was knocking on the door and took his chances when Basilashvili served to stay in the set. The 26-year-old completed a run of eight straight points as he broke to level the match at the 71-minute mark and carried the momentum to an early break in the deciding set.

Basilashvili had his chances with three break point opportunities at 0-2, but Norrie’s retrieval skills came to the fore. His hold proved telling as his opponent struggled to rein in a mounting error count and the match was in the bag after one hour and 51 minutes.

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There will be a new British No 1 next week after Cameron Norrie’s incredible run at the tournament in what continues to be an astonishing year for the journeyman, who has again surprised everyone with his electric form.

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He is currently in 12th place in the standings, 765 points behind Hubert Hurkacz, who currently holds the last qualifying spot. But if Norrie wins the title he will only be 125 points behind Hurkacz.

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Norrie, who is set to become the new British No 1 after the tournament, should have enough ranking points to break into the world’s top 20 for the first time in his career.

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Asked about overtaking Dan Evans to become British No 1, Norrie said: “It was never really a goal of mine, but it’s definitely a great bonus to be British No 1.

“I want to keep pushing. I think I’ve got a lot of things to improve on, but I think it’s one of those things you’ve got to enjoy.

“Yeah, it’s nice to show some of the hard work from Facu [coach Facundo Lugones] and I that have been putting in over the last kind of five years after college. It’s showing, and it’s been a lot of fun.

“I’m just really pleased to be playing my best level at these bigger events. I’m just enjoying the process and enjoying playing the bigger matches. There is always going to be a bigger match and a bigger opportunity. I was just happy with how I handled myself in terms of the situation.”

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Cameron Norrie has his sights set on the ATP Finals in Turin after securing his ´biggest win´ in a 6-2 6-4 semi-final victory at Indian Wells.

The 26-year-old Brit is now 11th in the ATP race to Turin and could move to within 125 points of Hubert Hurkacz if he beats world number 36 Nikoloz Basilashvili in Sunday´s final.

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And when asked whether the finals were on his mind, Norrie said: ¨Yes, that’s on the cards (the ATP World Tour finals) which is really special and it’s just really cool to be in the conversation this late in the year for Turin.

Hopefully I’ll be the same level (on Sunday) and can rest up and enjoy the win.”

Norrie has now tied world number one Novak Djokovic for most ATP Finals reached this year. He finished runner-up at Queen´s Club and runner-up at three ATP 250 events, winning just one (Los Cabos).

But the ATP Masters 1000 final at Indian Wells is by far his biggest to date.

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And Norrie made short work of former world number three Dmitrov, winning in straight sets.

“The match against Diego (Schwartzman) gave me a lot of confidence,” said Norrie.

“I felt really good and really comfortable coming out today. I was really physical and got a lot of balls into the court and dictated with my forehand into the backhand side.”

“I was penning him (Dimitrov) there and staying patient to use the forehand up the line. He made it difficult in the second set, slicing a lot and making it tough for me and taking my legs away a bit too, but I managed to serve well in those games and he got frustrated a little bit. I think I had a really good game-plan today.”

Norrie will replace Dan Evans as British number one once the rankings are refreshed at the end of the week.

And even if he wins at Indian Wells, he will still have work to do to edge into the top ten for the ATP Finals.

But all that stands between Norrie and his biggest title to date is Georgian 29-year-old Nikoloz Basilashvili.

“He´s an incredibly tough players, especially when he´s confident,¨ said Norrie of Basilashvili.

“He hits the ball big off both sides. He moves well. He´s a great athlete. When he´s confident, he can beat anyone. He´s super dangerous.”

But Norrie is full of confidence himself after flying up the rankings this year before reaching Sunday´s final.

“I´ve become more and more confident at Indian Wells,” he added.

It´s the biggest win of my career for sure.”

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