Cameron Norrie (26th) defeated Grigor Dimitrov (28th) by 6-2, 6-4 and is a finalist of the Indian Wells Masters 1000: he waits in the definition for the winner of the cross between Nikoloz Basilashvili (36th) and Taylor Fritz (39 °). With this great victory, he confirms his great present, having triumphed in nine of his last 10 games.
In the final this Sunday, Norrie will look for something that Andy Murray (121st), his compatriot, could not in his career: win the trophy of this tournament. The former world number one and three-time Grand Slam champion was a finalist in 2009, where Rafael Nadal crushed him 6-1 and 6-2.
To further expand the feat Cameron can accomplish, no British tennis player managed to lift this trophy: Greg Rusedski fell in the 1998 final against Marcelo Ríos, Tim Henman in the 2002 and 2004 final (vs. Lleyton Hewitt and Roger Federer) and Murray in the 2009 final, mentioned above..
Already with this performance, Norrie, who still dreams of qualifying for the ATP Tour Finals in Turin, is virtually 20th on the planet. In case of achieving the title, it will climb to the 16th.
In this edition, in addition, there will be a champion outside the Top 25 ATP for the fourth time in the history of Indian Wells: Jim Courier in 1991, Álex Corretja in 2000 and Ivan Ljubicic in 2010. In particular, the three were 26 of the world, same since Norrie has today. Chance?