Cameron Norrie dismantles Federico Delbonis to secure significant career milestone
Cameron Norrie claimed a 49th win in 2021 to advance to the second round of the Paris Masters along with crossing a career marker.
The British number one is seeded 10th at the final Masters 1000 event of the season. The world number 13 backed up that status with a dominant win over Federico Delbonis, 6-2, 6-1 in just over 70 minutes on court.
As a result, not only in Norrie on the brink of breaking 50 wins this year, he has now registered 100 career wins on the ATP tour.
Such a stat is quite astonishing, considering the 26-year-old entered 2021 with a 51-60 career win-loss record on the tour.
Norrie claimed a first ATP title back in July by winning a 250 level event in Los Cabos, Mexico. He then became a surprise champion of Indian Wells in October while ranked 26th in the world.
Furthermore, Norrie jointly leads the tour in terms of finals reached this year with six. Novak Djokovic is the other player to have reached six finals, including at all four Slams plus Belgrade and the Rome Masters.
At the Paris Masters, Norrie had previously made just one main draw appearance. The Brit came through qualifying in 2019 before losing to Milos Raonic in the first round.
Next up, Norrie will face either Filip Krajinovic or Canadian Masters finalist Reilly Opelka.
The Brit will be looking to continue his push to qualify for the ATP Finals in Turin. Norrie is 11th in the race, two spots off qualifying, behind Jannik Sinner and Hubert Hurkacz.
Should he qualify he would become the first Brit besides Andy Murray to compete at the event since Tim Henman in 2004.
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