“I’ve been really enjoying my tennis and really been enjoying being out on court and competing in the big moments. I’m just really pleased with how I handled the occasion and I think I’m doing that a lot this year. I know I lost in a lot of finals so it’s nice to get the big one today,” said the sensational champion . Both finalists were totally unexpected, before IW ’21 neither of them had reached a Masters 1K quarterfinal! Basilashvili  trailed *1:3 in the opener when his offensive ground-strokes allowed him to control the match for another ~30 minutes. He led 2:1 with a break in the 2nd set when the Brit was finally able to extend the rallies forcing the Georgian to make more baseline errors. There was 4-all, Basilashvili 8 points away from the title when Norrie dominated the match to its conclusion. He played his best tennis leading 5:4, in the crucial 10th game he first outmanoeuvred Basilashvili finishing the rally with a stop-volley, then he played an excellent backhand passing-shot down the line on the run. In the 3rd set Basilashvili twice stopped playing for a moment when his balls landed inside the court which didn’t indicate a good state of his mind… All of a sudden a “Top 30” Norrie becomes a Masters contender (thanks to his last two events: final in San Diego & Indian Wells triumph). In the last 4 weeks of the regular season he will be competing for the last two berths to Turin with Ruud, Hurkacz & Sinner.
Norrie’ route to his 2nd title:
2 Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 5-7, 6-0
3 Roberto Bautista 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
4 Tommy Paul 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
Q Diego Schwartzman 6-0, 6-2
S Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-4
W Nikoloz Basilashvili 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
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