Andy Murray praises ‘phenomenal achievement’ of Cameron Norrie
Andy Murray reached the final of Indian Wells in 2009, with Cameron Norrie going a step further this year to secure a maiden Masters title.
Norrie became the first British champion ever at Indian Wells, drawing praise from the former world number one Andy Murray.
In particular, Murray is thoroughly impressed by Norrie’s determination to work hard and constantly improve his game.
“I’d be lying if I said that I called that to be honest,” Murray said of Norrie’s title run during a pre-tournament press conference at the European Open 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.
“I think he’s a great example for not just British players but all tennis players to look at and go, if you put the effort in day in, day out and properly dedicate yourself to the sport, have an attitude like he does, it can take you a long, long way.
“It was obviously a phenomenal achievement last night. But I think maybe the season that he’s having is more impressive than that one week.
“Every week he’s winning matches. He’s played six finals [this season], and this year he’s looking like he’s going to win more matches on the tour than he had in every season that he’d had beforehand combined.”
Norrie claimed his first ATP title ever at Los Cabos in July before Indian Wells this month. The 26-year-old currently boasts a 47-20 win-loss record in 2021. Only three men have more tour wins this season.
The world number 15 came into 2021 with a 51-60 win-loss record across his ATP career, debuting in 2017. As such, Norrie is just four match victories from equalling his combined win tally before this year.
“So that shows how much of an improvement he has made,” Murray continued. “I knew he was good. But to be top 20 in the world and pushing for a spot in the tour finals is an incredible effort.”
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