Former world No. 4 Greg Rusedski praised Cameron Norrie for becoming the first British winner at the Indian Wells Masters. Norrie, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 15 in the world, captured his maiden Masters title after recovering from a set down to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Indian Wells final.
“What an incredible performance,” Rusedski said of Norrie in the final, per Tennis Up To Date. “He was down and out for a set and half but found a way to turn it around. “It’s great to finally see a British player win this title in Indian Wells.
What a moment. I couldn’t be more thrilled for him, he’s such a pro. “It was the 5-4 game in the second set when everything turned around. He played two of the best points and went from strength to strength. In the final set Basilashvili made all of the unforced errors.
Cam [Norrie] refused to miss and definitely deserves this title”.
Rusedski happy with the state of British tennis
Andy Murray is past his prime but Rusedski believes British tennis is in good hands with Norrie and US Open champion Emma Raducanu.
“It’s incredible to think what just happened,” Rusedski added. “We were all wondering what would happen when Andy Murray finished, but we could have a top-10 player by the end of the season and then you have (Emma) Raducanu winning the US Open.
“It doesn’t get much better than this." Norrie couldn't hide his happiness following his Indian Wells victory. “It means so much to me, my biggest title. I’m so happy. I can’t even describe it right now,” Norrie said in his on-court interview.
“It was a strange match today but absolutely massive for me and my team. I can’t really believe it. If you’d have told me I’d have won before the tournament started I wouldn’t have believed you, so it’s amazing”.