Norrie: first Brit to win Indian Wells.

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Cameron Norrie becomes the first Brit to lift the Indian Wells.

British tennis player Cameron Norrie becomes the first Brit to win the Indian Wells after victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Norrie beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 3-6 6-4 6-1 in the final to cap his breakout year with victory in tennis’s unofficial ‘fifth major’.

The 26-year-old lifted the title recovering after being down in a break at 3-1 in the second set to secure his second career title.

Norrie started the week ranked 26th, is now guaranteed a top-20 position and has become Britain’s new No 1.

Speaking on-court after the match, Norrie said: “It means so much to me, my biggest title. I’m so happy, I can’t even describe it right now.

“It’s absolutely massive for me and my team. I can’t really believe it.”

The Brit reached four other finals on three different surfaces – on the hardcourts of San Diego, the grass of Queen’s, and on clay in Lyon and Estoril.

“I’ve been really enjoying my tennis and really been enjoying being out on court and competing in the big moments,” he said.

“I’m just really pleased with how I handled the occasion, and I think I’m doing that a lot better this year. I know I lost in a lot of finals so it’s nice to get the big one today.”


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