Andy Murray names ‘more impressive’ feat from Cameron Norrie after Indian Wells win

Andy Murray says he's in the 'bad books' after losing ring

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Cameron Norrie’s win at the BNP Paribas Open isn’t even his biggest achievement this season, according to Andy Murray. Norrie, 26, became the first British player to win the title at Indian Wells when he fought back to beat Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 3-6 6-4 6-1. 

The event is widely considered the most prestigious outside of the four Grand Slams, and caps a breakthrough year for Norrie that had already seen him reach five ATP finals, winning one of them, and just by reaching the last four in California he became the new British No.1 and moved into the world’s top 20.

That’s why Murray, who won his opening two matches at Indian Wells before being beaten by Alexander Zverev, thinks Norrie’s season is defined by far more than the silverware.

“It was obviously a phenomenal achievement last night (Sunday), but I think maybe the season that he’s having is more impressive than that one week,” Murray said.

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Murray, who was speaking at a press conference ahead of the European Open in Antwerp, has won three Grand Slams in a stellar career but success at Indian Wells has eluded him, and he admitted he didn’t envisage Norrie performing like he did.

“I’d be lying if I said that I called that to be honest,” he said. “However, I have spent a decent amount of time around him and practiced with him quite a lot and he works extremely hard.

His season may get better yet, with South-African born Norrie now in contention to compete at the ATP World Tour Finals in Turin, Italy in November 14.

He now finds himself locked in a four-way battle for the last two available spots, and will need to displace two of Hubert Hurkacz, Jannik Sinner, and Felix Auger-Aliassime to be included.

Murray meanwhile, believes a tournament win is not far away for him either, and after losing to Zverev, cited his training sessions with Norrie as evidence he’s improving physically after hip-surgeries.

“A few things need to change for me to do that but I don’t see a physical issue for me not to be able to do it,” he said.

“And also I believe my tennis is there at a level where, if I get through one of those matches, there’ll be a big week soon.

“I beat Basilashvili earlier this year and he’s playing in the final of Masters. I practised with Cam Norrie loads of times and handled myself just fine.”

In Belgium, Murray faces American Frances Tiafoe in his first-round match on Tuesday.

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