By Anmol Pundir

Norrie who was a set down fights back to win the second and third sets to beat Nikoloz
Basilashvili to lift the Indian Wells title.

Norrie has entered the top 20 rankings for the first time.

Cameron Norrie’s excellent 2021 tour was further decorated when he came from behind to
defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili by 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win his first Masters 1000 title. Norrie also became the first English player to win the prestigious tournament.

Norrie after the match said, “It means so much to me, it is my biggest title. 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”.

The match lasted for an hour and 49 minutes.

Norrie was appearing in his sixth final of the campaign and began with the match as he has
been doing through the fortnight, constantly making returns, lengthening the rallies, and
making Basilashvili make some errors and take a 3-1 lead. However, Basilashvili responded with
some red-hot tennis and tore through Norrie’s game plan to take the first set by 6-3 in 30
minutes. Basilashvili ranked 36th has made five first-round exits in Masters 1000 this year but
has been magnificent this time to reach the finals.

Norrie’s hopes began to disappear but both the players playing on the new ground, Norrie
forced Basilashvili into prolonged rallies which led the Georgian to make some errors and give Norrie the lead of 3-2 in the second set.

The momentum in the second set was with Norrie as Basilashvili was seen struggling against the increasing velocity in the wind giving some valuable points to the British player.

The second set was then decided by two inspired points at 5-4 to Norrie on Basilashvili’s serve. The English player relinquished on his long rallies and did not make any unforced errors, Norrie capitalized on his momentum, and in the match, he even recovered from a triple break point down at 2-0 to take a lead of 3-0 and to comprehensively win the match.

“I’ve been really enjoying my tennis and really been enjoying being out on the court and
competing in the big moments. I’m just really pleased with how I handled the occasion and I think I’m doing that a lot this year.

I know I lost in a lot of finals so it’s nice to get the big one today,” he said.

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