Andy Murray: I'd be lying if I said I called Cameron Norrie winning Indian Wells

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Andy Murray: I'd be lying if I said I called Cameron Norrie winning Indian Wells

Former British No. 1 Andy Murray admitted he didn't have Cameron Norrie as one of his top favorites to win the Indian Wells Masters but added that he wasn't surprised since he knows how hard the 26-year-old works. Norrie, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No.

15 in the world, recovered from a set down in the Indian Wells final to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili and clinch his maiden Masters title. "I'd be lying if I said that I called that to be honest. However, I have spent a decent amount of time around him and practised with him quite a lot and he works extremely hard," Murray said.

"I think he's a great example for not just British players but all tennis players to look at and go, if you put the effort in day in, day out and properly dedicate yourself to the sport, have an attitude like he does, it can take you a long, long way."

Murray acknowledges Norrie's big season

Norrie has played six finals this year and won 47 matches. "It was obviously a phenomenal achievement last night, but I think maybe the season that he's having is more impressive than that one week," Murray continued.

"Every week he's winning matches, he's played six finals, and this year he's looking like he's going to win more matches on the tour than he had in every season that he'd had beforehand combined.

"So that shows you how much of an improvement he's made. I knew he was good, but to be top 20 in the world and pushing for a spot in the tour finals is an incredible effort." Meanwhile, Murray is set to play in Antwerp this week -- the place where he has captured his lone title since undergoing two major hip surgeries.

"It was tough. Obviously winning Wimbledon, the pressure and everything was unbelievably difficult, but to win a tournament at this level with a metal hip and everything that had gone into that in the previous years, it was a long road, so I have good memories from here," Murray said.