Andy Murray has heaped praise on fellow Brit Cameron Norrie’s title run at the Indian Wells Masters.
Murray, who is in Antwerp playing the European Open this week, said Norrie’s first Masters 1000 title was a “phenomenal achievement” but noted that his compatriot’s consistency all season had been arguably more impressive.
Norrie became the first British man to win the Masters 1000 event ofter referred to as the fifth Grand Slam, rallying to beat Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Norrie is now the new British No 1 and he’s moved up 11 spots to a career-high No 15 in the ATP rankings. The Indian Wells triumph was his second ATP title of the year and his sixth final.
“I’d be lying if I said that I called that, to be honest,” Murray told reporters in Antwerp.
“However, I have spent a decent amount of time around him and practised with him quite a lot and he works extremely hard… It was obviously a phenomenal achievement last night, but I think the season that he’s having is maybe more impressive than that one week.”
Norrie also moved up to 10th in the race to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin, which the top eight men’s players will compete at from November 14-21.
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