Cameron Norrie wins Indian Wells final to claim biggest title of his life

The 26-year-old defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to become the first British player to win the tournament, which is regarded as tennis’ unofficial ‘fifth major’.

Norrie now has a chance of qualifying for the season-ending ATP Finals, which will take place next month, as he is sat 10th in the race to Turin — with the top eight qualifying.

Rafael Nadal is eighth on that the list but the 20-time Grand Slam singles champion will miss the finals due to a foot injury, raising Norrie’s chances of competing in Italy.

“It means so much to me, my biggest title,” said Norrie, after winning his second trophy of the year. “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.

“I’ve been really enjoying my tennis and really been enjoying being out on 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 better this year. I know I lost in a lot of finals so it’s nice to get the big one today.”

Norrie, who is now the British No1, started this year ranked 74th in the world, but he has been in brilliant form and was so again to defeat Basilashvili.

Cameron Norrie celebrates with girlfriend Louise Jacobi

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He began the match well by breaking Basilashvili to led 3-1 in the first set, but then the Georgian, who is one of the hardest hitters on the circuit, fought back.

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