Cameron Norrie Surpasses Novak Djokovic in Unique Record, Also Turns British No.1 at Indian Wells 2021

Published 10/14/2021, 4:47 PM EDT
Oct 13, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Cameron Norrie (GBR) hits a shot in his fourth round match against Tommy Paul (USA) during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


British tennis player Cameron Norrie is having the best season of his career on the ATP tour in 2021. He stunned Diego Schwartzman in straight sets to reach his first-ever Masters 1000 semi-finals at Indian Wells.

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In doing so, Norrie also surpassed the World No. 1, Novak Djokovic in a 2021 specific stat.

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Cameron Norrie surpasses Novak Djokovic in a unique record on ATP tour this year

Norrie also won his first ATP title this season at Los Cabos and reached his career high ranking of 26. At the ongoing BNP Paribas Open, the Brit had to defeat the likes of Tennys Sandgren, Roberto Bautista Agut, and Schwartzman to reach the semis.

With this victory over the Argentinian, Norrie also created a unique record by surpassing Novak Djokovic in terms of the number of matches won so far this year. While the Serb won 44 matches and faced six defeats, the Brit won 45 contests and lost 20.

Oct 13, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Cameron Norrie (GBR) hits a shot in his fourth round match against Tommy Paul (USA) during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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With Schwartzman not in the best of forms of late, Norrie pounced on this opportunity and bageled the Argentinian to clinch the first set. The Brit continued the same dominance in the second set and won the match in no time.

Norrie crosses Dan Evans to become the new British no.1

Norrie’s semi-final run will also give him plenty of ranking points when the updated numbers release on Monday. Currently, the Brit is ranked 26th in the world. He’s set to break into the top 20 of the ATP for the first time in his career. As he does that, Cameron Norrie will go past Dan Evans and is all set to become the new British no.1.

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Before the start of Indian Wells, Cameron Norrie reached the finals of San Diego Open after defeating top-tier players like Dan Evans, Denis Shapovalov, and Andrey Rublev. With impressive performances throughout the year, the Brit remained one of the improved performers this year on the ATP tour.

Earlier this year, Norrie met Roger Federer in the third-round at Wimbledon at Center court and even managed to take a set off the Swiss.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Toby Melville

Cameron Norrie awaits the winner of the quarter-final matchup between Grigor Dimitrov and Hubert Hurkacz at the BNP Paribas Open.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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