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Cameron Norrie claims biggest win of his career to collect Indian Wells title

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  • New world No 16 beats Nikoloz Basilashvili 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in final
  • Norrie the first British man to win title in Californian desert

After an imperious breakthrough week at the BNP Paribas Open in which the heightened stakes of each new round brought out a greater level of play from Cameron Norrie, the best men’s tennis player in Great Britain took one final step forward as he produced one of the most surprising Masters 1000 triumphs in recent memory. From a set and a break deficit, Norrie recovered to defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 and become the first British man to win the prestigious Indian Wells title.

In addition to the small matter of triumphing at the fifth biggest annual tournament on the planet – just his second career ATP title – Norrie departs Indian Wells with a new career high ranking of 16 and he has dragged himself firmly into contention for the ATP Finals in Turin, now 10th in the ATP race. Since Rafael Nadal is injured, Norrie is only one spot and 110 points out of the top eight.

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