Nikoloz Basilashvili blames 'health issues' for Indian Wells final defeat

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Nikoloz Basilashvili blames 'health issues' for Indian Wells final defeat

World No. 27 Nikoloz Basilashvili blamed physical problems for his Indian Wells Masters defeat but still kept it respectful as he praised Cameron Norrie for the performance he put up. Basilashvili, a former world No. 16, was a set away from winning his maiden Masters title but in the end fell just short as Norrie recovered from a set down to beat the Georgian 3-6 6-4 6-1.

After winning the first set, Basilashvili started the second set with an early break. After going down by a set and a break, Norrie switched onto another gear and completely turned around the match. "I don't know, I was feeling tight.

I had some health problems so I tried to step out in the third to take a breath but I could not recover. I had it already little in previous matches and now it was too severe. I will not say what it is but I did not feel good," Basilashvili said, per Tennis Up To Date.

Basilashvili gave credit to Norrie

"Cameron, he came back in the second set, he deserves it, he is tough mentally. I could not find a way in the second set to beat him. But it's okay," Basilashvili said. Basilashvili clinched a couple of notable wins en route to making the Indian Wells final.

The biggest win Basilashvili clinched in Indian Wells was the one against world No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinal. "I take a lot of things from here. Experience above all. I have played a very good level of tennis, I was a set and a break up.

I have been playing very well this time. I just want to continue playing as I have been doing. My game is there, I know I can play a high level of tennis. I will take the experience with me for the next tournaments I play."

Basilashvili captured titles in Doha and Munich this year but losing in the Indian Wells Masters final will certainly hurt him a lot.