Norrie’s feat that reminds Nadal and also Ríos


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Norrie's feat that reminds Nadal and also Ríos

He made history. Undoubtedly, the performance of Cameron Norrie in Indian Wells was memorable, to the point of becoming champion outside the Top 25 and as the first Briton to win the Masters 1000 in the California desert.. The plus of this player, who has now advanced 10 places in the ATP rankings, was being the first left-hander not being Rafael Nadal to win a competition of that level since Marcelo Ríos 22 years ago.

With his title at Indian Wells, Norrie achieved his best position in the world rankings by placing 16th, while achieving a special feat for a left-hander, on a circuit and world overcrowded with right-handers.

Nadal is one of the greatest in history and has, together with Serbian Novak Djokovic, the record of 36 Masters 1000-level cups, but there was not a left-handed winner of a tournament of this level since the Chilean in Hamburg in 1999.

In between, there were many champions of different styles and nationalities, but all rights. That is why it is striking that the previous left-hander to be crowned in a Masters 1000 occurred in the previous millennium, with the figure of the Chinese Ríos, when the Hamburg competition had this category, the one following the Grand Slam.

Norrie is the first southpaw to win Indian Wells since Nadal did it in 2013, while the Spaniard previously won that event in 2007 and 2009. In total, the Briton became the fifth southpaw to celebrate at Indian Wells, championship created in 1976.

For this reason, Norrie scored a pearl that includes figures such as Nadal, still active but with a stop in the circuit due to injury, and Ríos, retired from professionalism very young and also owner of Indian Wells, in 1998.


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