Another Brit hits the big time in tennis with victory at Indian Wells open

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Another British tennis player has hit the big time with Cameron Norrie securing the first Masters 1000 title of his career at Indian Wells, USA.

Coming from a set down to defeat Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili, Cameron has gone from 74th in the world to world No 15 with his second title in his sixth final of 2021.

The 26-year-old was crowned champion after 3-6 6-4 6-1 in an hour and 49 minutes, recovering after being down a break at 3-1 in the second set to secure his second career title in his finest year on the circuit.

Cameron, who started the week ranked 26th, is now guaranteed a top-20 position and has become Britain’s new number one.

The Putney-based left-hander now has now has his sights set on the ATP Finals in Turin and is fast becoming a formidable presence on the ATP circuit after becoming the first Briton to win tennis’ ‘fifth major.’

Cameron has had quite a year. Not only has he won Indian Wells and his first title, also on hardcourts, at Los Cabos, Mexico, in July, but the 26-year-old has made six finals in all, a feat matched only by world No 1 Novak Djokovic.

The Briton 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.

On court after the match Cameron 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.”

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