Briton Cameron Norrie will meet Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in the final of the 2021 Indian Wells Open on Sunday, October 17. Get the live streaming options of this Cameron Norrie v Nikoloz Basilashvili match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Cameron Norrie v Nikoloz Basilashvili Head to Head
Their only meeting was earlier this year on the indoor hard courts of Rotterdam and Norrie won that in straight sets dropping only three games.
Norrie’s Path To Turin Runs Through California
Briton Cameron Norrie has been in tremendous form this season, winning his maiden title in Los Cabos and finishing runner-up on four occasions, including in San Diego, just before the start of the Indian Wells tournament.
No. 21 seed Cameron Norrie started with a couple of three setters this fortnight, first against American Tennys Sandgren followed by a big upset against Spanish veteran Roberto Bautista Agut.
Another three-setter followed against Tommy Paul as Norrie made the final eight of the Masters and played Argentine Diego Schwartzman who was coming from a good win against in-form Casper Ruud.
It was spectacular performance from Norrie who dropped only two games prevailing 6-0, 6-2 and securing a spot in the semi-finals of a Masters 1000 for the first time ever.
Norrie ran into former world number three Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-finals who was coming from impressive comeback wins against Daniil Medvedev and Hubert Hurkacz and eyeing a shot at a first title in almost five years.
The Briton was off to a strong start leading 4-0 in the first set and although Dimitrov got one break back, Norrie closed the set 6-2.
An early break in the second set for Norrie saw him dictate the terms in the match thereafter and although Dimitrov had chances to break back, Norrie’s defense was hard to pierce as he clinched the set and match 6-4. The number one Briton is now in his first ever Masters 1000 final and in the reckoning for a place at the ATP Tour Finals in Turin next month.
First Masters 1000 Final for Basilashvili
Nikoloz Basilashvili has had an up and down season, where he started the year with a six match losing streak, but then went on to win ATP 250 titles in Doha and Munich.
The Georgian has never been past the opening round at the Indian Wells Masters 1000, but looked good this last fortnight as he defeated American Christopher Eubanks and Spanish veteran Albert Ramos- Vinalos to get his campaign started.
A hard fought win in the fourth round against Karen Khachanov put Basilashvili in the final eight against the number two seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The Georgian was off to a strong and quick start and although Tsitsipas fought back to level the match at one set all, Basilashvili maintained his level in the third set and when Tsitsipas double faulted to get broken and go down 3-4, there was no looking back for Basilashvili as he clinched the set and the match booking himself a spot in the semis for a Masters 1000 for the first time.
American Taylor Fritz was Basilashvili’s opponent in the semi-finals and he was also coming from back-to-back big wins against Matteo Berrettini, Jannik Sinner and Alexander Zverev.
The first set was well matched and on serve till 4-4 and then Fritz had set points as the Georgian faced scoreboard pressure at 4-5 and 5-6. However, Basilashvili held on and took the set to the tie-break. There were a couple of mini-break exchanges before Fritz faced set point at 5-6 in the tiebreak on his serve and made the error to drop the set.
Basilasvhili kept the momentum going in the second set and one he was up 4-2 with a break, it was only a matter of time before a 6-3 set and a place in Sunday’s final.
Norrie v Basilashvili Prediction and Tip
Two unexpected but deserving players in the final. Both have given us reason to believe they can go the distance. It will be down to the the better player on the given day. But, given the run of form Norrie has had, he will be a slight favorite to close the match in a deciding third set.