Unvaccinated players 'unlikely' to be allowed to play at Australian Open

Tennis players who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 are unlikely to be able to enter Australia to compete at the Australian Open, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has warned.

The 2021 tournament was pushed back by three weeks in February and players quarantined in a hotel for a fortnight on arrival into the country.

A 14-day hotel quarantine process for players is unlikely to be the case for the 2022 edition. Australian prime minister Scott Morrison announced last week that international travel to and from the country would resume from November 1 for fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents, but emphasised “no decision to allow other visa holders” has been made.


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The Australian Grand Slam is due to start in Melbourne, Victoria, on January 17 and the leader of the state in which the tournament is held, Daniel Andrews, has warned players they may struggle to obtain visas if they are not fully vaccinated.

“I don’t think an unvaccinated tennis player is going to get a visa to come into this country,” the Victoria Premier said.

“If they did get a visa they’d probably have to quarantine for a couple of weeks.

“If I’m wrong I’m sure the federal government will let you know.

[The virus] doesn’t care what your tennis ranking is, or how many Grand Slams you’ve won. It’s completely irrelevant. You need to be vaccinated to keep yourself safe and to keep others safe.

Reigning men’s champion and world number one Novak Djokovic has refused to reveal whether he had been fully vaccinated or not.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner said it was “a private matter and an inappropriate inquiry” in an interview with Serbian publication Blic.

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Djokovic won't reveal vaccination status and unsure about Australian Open

Novak Djokovic is unsure if he will play the 2022 Australian Open due to the strict Covid-19 protocols at the tournament – and will not reveal whether he has been vaccinated

Djokovic has won in Melbourne for the last three years in a row and another victory would see him move ahead of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 21 Grand Slam titles.

However, players will again have to quarantine upon arrival in Australia and will also have to live in bio-secure bubbles. They may also have to be vaccinated to compete, with the state of Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, introducing a vaccine mandate for all professional athletes.


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“I still don’t know if I will play in Melbourne,” Djokovic told Serbian newspaper Blic.

“I am following the situation around Australia and as far as I understand, the final decision of the government of Australia and Tennis Australia will be in two weeks, so it is the first or second week of November.

“I do not believe that the conditions will change much in relation to what we already know. As was the case this year, there will be plenty of some restrictions. What I heard from my manager who is in direct contact with people from the Australian federation is that they are trying to improve conditions for everyone. Both for those who have been vaccinated and for those who have not.”

It was recently reported that vaccination rates on the ATP Tour are 65 per cent while the WTA Tour is 60 per cent.

World No 1 Djokovic is among those yet to confirm whether he has been vaccinated, having said in the past that he hoped he would not be made mandatory to play.

“I will not reveal my status whether I have been vaccinated or not,” he said.

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“It is a private matter and according to our law, whoever asks you, you can in some way charge him for asking you. That is an immoderate question. Too many people today allow themselves such freedom to ask things and condemn a person. Whatever you answer: “Yes, I didn’t, maybe, I don’t know, I’m thinking!” they will abuse it.

“The media has become…I have no word how to describe it. It spreads fear and panic among people and I don’t want to participate in that rift. I feel that everyone is hostile. I don’t want to give them a reason to write some things about me.

“Now what I told you, one of your editors can take and make a scandal out of it. I don’t want to take part in any storm that is happening right now. I’m telling you, I don’t know if I’ll go [to Melbourne]. Of course I want to go, Australia is my most successful Grand Slam, I want to participate, I love this sport, I still have motivation.”

Djokovic has not played since seeing his historic Calendar Slam bid ended in the final of the US Open by Daniil Medvedev.

He has confirmed that he is going to return at the Paris Masters on November 1 and will then play the ATP Finals in Turin and the Davis Cup finals with Serbia.

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He says his experiences at the Australian Open earlier this year, when players were confined to their hotel rooms for much of the time, could put him off making the trip again.

“The main problem is that if you are on a plane with a person who is positive, whether you are vaccinated or not, you automatically have to go to the room for 14 days.

“That happened to Viktor Troicki in January this year. Not only him, but also 70 players had to be quarantined. I talked to a lot of players and that is something that everyone has a bad memory of.

“It was not a good experience for us, for example, it was very difficult for Viktor. We had that quarantine where we could train, but if a man can’t train, then…

“Put a professional athlete in that kind of quarantine so he can’t get out of the room, and then expect him to play on some level, really…Not to mention the increased risk of injury, of which there were many, including me at this year’s Australian Open.

If such conditions remain, I think that many players will think very well whether they will go or not. After all, the financial or economic aspect is the one that decides with many players. I don’t know if I’m going to Australia, I don’t know what’s going on. Currently, the situation is not good at all.

Djokovic also expressed frustration with the way that both he and others who have expressed reservations over the vaccine have been portrayed in the media.

“There is a lot of division in the society, not only in sports, but in the whole society, between those who have not been vaccinated and have been vaccinated. And that’s really scary. That we fell for discriminating against someone if he wants to decide for himself one way or another, whether he wants to be vaccinated or not.

“It’s really…I am very disappointed with the world society at this moment and the way in which the media transmit and put pressure on all people. There is too much ambiguity, too much information that is not valid, so it turns out that it is, so it is not, everything changes a lot.”

Talking about his future ambitions, he added: “I said before this year that my main goal is to achieve the historical No 1 [weeks as No 1] that I have done and that my main focus is to continue my career to play as well as possible at the Grand Slams and to play for the national team. These are my main motivations. Every other tournament is less important to me in this part of my career and they are just preparation for either national tennis or Grand Slams.”

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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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Raducanu has trial with Konta's former coach Carril

Emma Raducanu is reportedly set for a trial spell with Johanna Konta’s former coach Esteban Carril as she continues to search for a new coach.

The 18-year-old had Andrew Richardson in her box during her shock run to the US Open title, but his short-term contract was not extended. At Indian Wells last week she worked with former British No 1 Jeremy Bates on a temporary basis, but she made a plea for experienced WTA coaches to contact her following her second-round defeat to Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

According to the BBC and the Times the next step on Raducanu’s hunt for a new coach will see her join up with Carril, who helped Konta rise from outside the top 100 in the world to the top 10 and has previously worked with the Lawn Tennis Association.


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Carril was with Konta when she made her first Grand Slam semi-final at the 2016 Australian Open and won her maiden WTA title in Stanford. The pair surprisingly split at the end of the 2016 season but Carril has continued to work with the LTA and British players, including Katie Swan and Jay Clarke.

Carril also played a small part in helping to develop Raducanu’s game, according to Mark Petchey, who worked with the new British No 1 for a few months in 2020.

“Emma was going out to play a British Tour match [in July 2020] and she said to me, ‘I can’t hit a kick serve’,” Petchey recalled to the Telegraph. “I didn’t want to address it until after the match, but it was because her technique needed a rejig. I had some help on that from Esteban Carril and now it’s looking a nice, smooth, technically correct motion.”

It is reported by the Times that if the trial with Carril goes well then “it is hoped by figures within British tennis that the partnership lasts for some time”.

Raducanu parted ways with Andy Murray’s father-in-law Nigel Sears after reaching the last 16 on her Wimbledon debut earlier this summer and then split with Richardson shortly after her US Open success.

Carril spent two-and-a-half years with Konta, joining her team in the summer of 2014 when she had dropped out of the top 100. The partnership appeared to be successful as Konta climbed the rankings – helped by a 16-match win streak in the summer of 2015 – and broke into the world’s top 10 in 2016. She was voted the most improved player on the WTA Tour at the end of the 2016 season.

Esteban Carril with Johanna Konta

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Konta split with Carril shortly after the death of her sports psychologist Juan Coto, who she had worked closely with after being introduced to him by Carril.

Raducanu has pulled out of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow this week but is next set to play at the Transylvania Open in her father’s home country of Romania next week.

Halep tells Raducanu to be ‘extra focused’

Simona Halep has urged Raducanu to stay “extra focused” as she aims to build on her US Open victory.

Raducanu was beaten in straight sets by Sasnovich at Indian Wells in her first match after winning her maiden major. She is set to return in Romania to play alongside home favourite Halep, who Raducanu has previously expressed admiration for her and called an idol.

Asked what advice she would give the British No 1, Halep said: “She has to stay focused, because, [she has] many, many years ahead of tennis, so I’m sure that she will win more. But, yeah, will be a little bit tough when she feels the pressure, I think.

Halep is set to compete at the Kremlin Cup in Russia and is scheduled to open against Anastasia Potapova. The former world No 1, who has not yet won a title this season, lifted her first major at the French Open in 2018 before following up with a second at Wimbledon in 2019.

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“I won my first Grand Slam late,” she said. “I won tournaments before, but you cannot compare that with the success of a Grand Slam.

“I cannot really talk about that, but I feel like from my experience that you have to be extra focused after those big successes, because you are so young and you don’t really have experience on winning titles, because I think (US Open 2021) was the first title for Emma, and it was a Grand Slam.”

Raducanu said after her Indian Wells defeat that she needs to “cut herself some slack” as she comes to terms with her new life as a Grand Slam champion.

“I’m kind of glad that what happened today happened so I can learn and take it as a lesson. So going forward, I’ll just have more experienced banked. I think it’s going to take me time to adjust really to what’s going on. I mean, I’m still so new to everything. I mean, I’m 18 years old. I need to cut myself some slack.”


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How can Norrie qualify for ATP Finals? Who else is in contention?

Cameron Norrie gave his chances of qualifying for the season-ending ATP Finals a huge boost as he became the first British player to win Indian Wells.
Norrie beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in three sets in the final to claim the biggest title of his career.

He is now up to No 15 in the world rankings, and is also up to No 10 in the Race to Turin rankings, which determine the eight players who qualify for the ATP Finals. But how likely is Norrie to make the finals? And who does he need to overhaul?

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Who’s already qualified?

The top four in the world – Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev – have all secured their places in Turin, which will be hosting the finals for the first time following 12 years in London.

Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini look set to qualify as well, but the final two spots are up for grabs.

Casper Ruud currently occupies seventh place with eighth-placed Rafael Nadal not playing as he recovers from injury. That means Hubert Hurkacz is the final qualifier as it stands, although Norrie is just 160 points behind in the standings after netting 1,000 points for winning Indian Wells.

Jannik Sinner is 200 points behind Norrie and Felix Auger-Aliassime is 465 points back.

How many points are left to play for?

There are four weeks of tournaments left for players to pick up points before the ATP Finals start on November 14.

This week sees the European Open in Antwerp and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow (both ATP 250 events), followed next week by the ATP 250 St Petersburg Open and ATP 500 Erste Bank Open in Vienna. The final Masters 1000 event of the season starts in Paris on November 1 before the last ATP 250 of the year in Stockholm on November 7.

Norrie is set to take this week off before playing Vienna, Paris and Stockholm.

The winner of the title in Vienna will take home 500 points, while there are 1,000 on offer to the champion in Paris and 250 in Stockholm.

Who are Norrie’s biggest rivals?

If Norrie is going to make the finals he will likely have to get past either Hurkacz or Ruud, who have both been in good form this year.

Neither are playing this week but are set to return alongside Norrie in Vienna.

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Norrie could have slipped down to 11th in the rankings when he next takes to the court as Sinner has the chance to move ahead if he wins the European Open.

But Paris could be key to deciding who qualifies for the finals with plenty of points on offer. Along with the 1,000 points for the winner there are 600 for the runner-up, 360 for semi-finalists and 180 for quarter-finalists.

What’s Norrie said about making the finals?

Making the finals would be reward for a brilliant year for Norrie.

Only Tsitsipas, Medvedev and Ruud have managed more than his 47 match wins in 2021 and he has reached six finals, two of which he has won. He is also up to a career-high ranking and has overtaken Dan Evans as British No 1.

Asked about his prospects of playing in Turin, Norrie said: “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.

“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. 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’ve been really enjoying my tennis and been enjoying being out on court and competing in the big moments.

Norrie is bidding to become the first Brit to make the season-ending finals since Andy Murray won the event in 2016. Emma Raducanu was bidding to qualify for the WTA Finals in Mexico but is out of contention after losing her opening match at Indian Wells.

ATP Race to Turin standings

5. Andrey Rublev – 4,165 points

6. Matteo Berrettini – 4,000 points

7. Casper Ruud – 3,015 points

8. Rafael Nadal (not playing) – 2,985 points

9. Hubert Hurkacz – 2,955 points

10. Cameron Norrie – 2,795 points

11. Jannik Sinner – 2,595 points

12. Felix Auger-Aliassime – 2,330 points

13. Aslan Karatsev – 2,030 points

14. Pablo Carreno Busta – 1,925 points

15. Nikoloz Basilashvili – 1,885 points


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'Novak is with us' – Djokovic set to represent Serbia in Davis Cup Finals

Novak Djokovic is set to represent Serbia at the 2021 Davis Cup Finals as compatriot Filip Krajinovic reveals: “Novak is with us”.

World number one Djokovic missed out on a Calendar Grand Slam after losing to Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open, and his since withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells needing more time to recover.


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And while some believed that Djokovic may be ready to call an end to a long and tiring season, Krajinovic says the 20-time Grand Slam winner has agreed to play in the Davis Cup Finals that begin in November.

“I would like to use the next three tournaments to raise my game before the Davis Cup,” he told Blic.

“We are going there with all the best players, so our goal is to lift the trophy, just like we did in 2010.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns the ball to France’s Gilles Simon during their Davis Cup final tennis match in Belgrade December 3, 2010.

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Novak is with us, so we are surely not going there to lose. We made an agreement to play, all of us, we are eager to get that trophy.

The 2021 Davis Cup Finals will run from November 25 to December 5 and will be hosted by Austria, Italy and Spain.

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Federer, Murray fall in major ranking shake-up; Norrie, Badosa into top 15

After 18 months of low activity on the ATP and WTA rankings, there have been some big post-Indian Wells moves, with Roger Federer and Andy Murray two of the most notable fallers.

With the rankings having been frozen for a significant period of time due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 52-week format is now back in use and points from eight ATP tournaments and four WTA tournaments, as well as 2020 French Open points for the women, drop off on Monday, October 18.

Federer is losing 480 points from his total which means his lengthy stay in the top 10 – which has caused some controversy as he has only played 19 matches since the start of 2020 – is over.

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion has slipped out of the top 10 for the first time since January 2017, when he returned from a six-month injury absence as world No 17 to win the Australian Open.

Federer has dropped to No 11 in the rankings behind Hubert Hurkacz, who is into the top 10 for the first time after making the Indian Wells quarter-finals. With Federer not playing again this year as he recovers from knee surgery he is likely to fall even further as he will drop 900 points from his 2019 Basel Open title and semi-final run at the 2019 ATP Finals.

Federer has not been ranked outside the top 20 since April 2001, when he was 19.

While Federer has dropped one place, Murray has plummeted from world No 121 to No 172.

Murray’s drop is because he has lost the 250 points that he held for winning the European Open in Antwerp in 2019. The Scot is back to try and win the title again this week, and will be hoping for a ranking boost ahead of the 2022 Australian Open. If he can’t get back into the top 100 then he will need a wildcard for the Grand Slam in Melbourne or will have to go through qualifying.

New British No 1 Cameron Norrie is up to No 15 in the world after winning the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Norrie, who battled back to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in the final, has also got a chance to make the season-ending ATP Finals as he is now just 200 points behind Hubert Hurkacz in the last qualifying spot.

Novak Djokovic still remains world No 1 – and his position has been strengthened despite not playing since the US Open.

Djokovic has only dropped 203 points after Indian Wells while world No 2 Daniil Medvedev, who was beaten in the last 16 in California by Grigor Dimitrov, has lost 1,025 points, most of which come from winning Shanghai in 2019. Djokovic is now nearly 2000 points ahead of the Russian in the rankings.

Dimitrov battles back from a set down to stun top seed Medvedev at Indian Wells

Casper Ruud is up to a career-high No 9 in the world and closing on Dominic Thiem, who remains world No 8 despite dropping 680 points. Stan Wawrinka is out of the top 50 and down to world No 57, having not played since March.

There are two big fallers on the WTA side, where four events are dropping from the rankings and 2021 French Open points are replacing points from the rescheduled 2020 edition.

Iga Swiatek, who won the French Open in 2020, falls from world No 4 to world No 12 as she drops 1470 points. That means Naomi Osaka moves back into the top 10 despite not playing, while Ons Jabeur becomes the first Arab tennis player in a top-10 spot after her run to the semi-finals at Indian Wells.

Ons Jabeur celebrates

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Sofia Kenin, who lost in the 2020 French Open final, drops from world No 8 to No 14 as she loses 1059 points from her ranking. Petra Kvitova falls four spots to world No 15.

Emma Raducanu is down to world No 23 after losing her opening match at Indian Wells. Raducanu gained 10 points for her result in California but has been overtaken by Jessica Pegula, who made the quarter-finals last week.

Paula Badosa is up to a career-high world No 11 after winning the title at Indian Wells while runner-up Victoria Azarenka moves up to No 26.

‘I feel tired and angry…the system is unfair’

Danish youngster Holger Rune has voiced his frustration at the ATP rankings and the fact it has been so difficult for players to move up in the revised system over the last 18 months.

Rune, 18, has enjoyed some encouraging results but still finds himself outside the top 100 in the world and having to qualify for tournaments.

“You know I am a hard-working man and I normally never complain,” he wrote on Instagram. “This year I have fought very hard to achieve my goal of becoming top 100. ATP has continuously made it very difficult for me and many other young upcoming players because they have had a frozen ranking from 2019 meaning players on the ATP ranking still have their points from results made in 2019.

“Looking two years back on the normal ranking I would today be ranked 62 in the world and not 124. Does it matter? Yes when you are ambitious and hard working it matters to get your reward. With that ranking I would be able to enter better tournaments and I would feel that my hard work paid off.

“I feel tired and angry now because I think the system is unfair. I love my tennis but we have to compete on equal conditions.”

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‘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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Indian Wells final – Norrie v Basilashvili as it happened


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Norrie has sights on ATP Finals after ‘biggest win’ at Indian Wells


Norrie digs deep to win maiden Masters title

Cameron Norrie became the first ever British champion at Indian Wells as he defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili to enhance his push to make the ATP Tour finals.

The 26-year-old, who will replace Dan Evans as the British number one on Monday after moving up to 16th in the world, came out on top by a 3-6 6-4 6-1 scoreline in one hour and 49 minutes.

The result sees him nudge up to 10th spot in the Race to Turin and just 115 points and one place behind Hubert Hurkacz, who currently occupies the final qualifying berth.

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It was Norrie, who was appearing in his sixth Tour final of the campaign, who made the more assured start as his rock-solid hitting from the baseline lured some rash errors from the Georgian to earn him an early break in Game 3.

However, Basilashvili responded with the sort of red-hot tennis that has seen him rip up the form book in the desert, including an excellent win over number three seed Stefanos Tsitsipas en route to the final. The world number 36 has made five first round exits in Masters 1000 tournaments this season but has been magnificent in California and tore through the Norrie game-plan to claim five games in row and take the opener in 30 minutes.

Norrie’s hopes appeared to be fading fast as he was broken again when he angled a volley wide early in Set 2, but a real lull from his opponent saw him make a trio of surprising errors off the forehand to gift-wrap a break back at 2-2.

It sparked a shift in momentum as Basilashvili appeared to struggle more with an increase in wind velocity and Norrie made the vital breakthrough at the business end of the set. The Brit produced two sensational points with a low volley and pass up the line on the run as he broke to love in Game 10 to force the decider.

Norrie’s consistency and point-by-point focus began to eat away at his opponent and a wild backhand into the tramlines earned the No.21 seed a break to lead 2-0.

Basilashvili then had triple break point to immediately get back into it but Norrie dug extra deep to wriggle out of danger and somehow consolidate from deuce.

It proved hugely significant as Norrie broke again for 5-1 before serving it out with aplomb to claim his 48th tour win and second tour-level title of the season to add to the maiden one he lifted in Los Cabos.

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Badosa edges to title and denies Azarenka history

Paula Badosa won the biggest title of her career as she denied two-time champion Victoria Azarenka a piece of history at Indian Wells.

The 23-year-old edged a high-quality encounter 7-6 2-6 7-6 in three hours and four minutes to become the first Spanish woman to lift the trophy.

It is only Badosa’s second WTA Tour title following her success in Belgrade back in May and it stopped Azarenka from becoming the first female singles player to win the BNP Paribas Open on three occasions.

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The triumph moves Badosa up to 11 in the world in keeps her firmly in the hunt to make the WTA finals in Mexico.

Azarenka had the early edge, applying continual pressure on the Badosa serve but failing to snare an advantage despite clocking up five break points across an opening four games that lasted a lung-busting half an hour.

The Spaniard’s resistance paid off soon after as a rasping return saw her strike first blood for a 4-3 lead. Former champion, Azarenka responded to bite straight back but the Belarusian misfired on her forehand to allow her 23-year-old opponent to break again and serve for the set at 6-5.

However, Azarenka produced incredible defence to somehow win back-to-back points at 30-30 to force a tie break where she again threatened to turn the tables on the No.21 seed. Badosa almost blew a 4-0 lead as the two-time Grand Slam champion levelled at 5-5, but the Spaniard came out on top in one of the rallies of the match to take the breaker 7-5 and edge an epic one hour and 18-minute opener.

Azarenka’s response was immediate and the stuff of champions as she rapidly secured a double break to lead 3-0 in Set 2.

Badosa, who was aiming to round off her main-draw debut at the tournament in style, offered a brief riposte but the former world number one made short work of forcing a decider as she dropped just two games with a statement purple patch.

The young Spaniard looked to be in trouble but found her A-game at just the right moment, battling back from 0-30 to hold before securing a surprise break to lead 2-0.

Azarenka inevitably retorted, in-keeping with the rollercoaster nature of the match to level at 2-2 and both players had opportunities before the Belarusian broke in Game 9 to move 5-4 ahead and serve for the title. It wasn’t to be though as she unravelled at 30-0 and a series of unforced errors allowed Badosa to break back.

A tie break ensued and once again Badosa raced away to win it 7-2 and take the crown, leaving Azarenka to ponder what might have been as a maiden title of 2021 slipped away.

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