Cameron Norrie has finally won his first ATP title on his fifth attempt after comfortably beating 19 year-old American Brandon Nakashima in straight sets. The Brit dominated from the start of the match as he put the American rising star in uncomfortable positions in the court.
As Nakashima was over-aggressive with his shots, Norrie continued to play smart tennis as he raced to a 4-1 lead with two breaks of serve. Nakashima eventually found some rhythm on serve but it was too late as Norrie comfortably took the opening set in 37 minutes.
In the second set, Norrie appeared to take control of the match after breaking in the third game for a 2-1 lead. However Nakashima struck back with some controlled aggression as he got his first break of the match. But that would be the final game that the young American would win as Norrie raced to the finishing line to gain a well-deserved first ATP title.
After losing four ATP final, Norrie finally got his well-deserved moment in a tournament where he didn’t even lose a set. After the win Norrie admitted he is relieved to finally win a title, as reported by ATPTour.com
“I feel very happy. I couldn’t be more proud of myself, proud of my team and how I handled the week. I am happy how I improved every match. I used my experience a little bit today and I think it showed in the match,” Norrie said in his on-court speech.
“I think it’s a huge bonus. It was always a goal of mine to get my first title. Obviously I’d lost three finals this year, so it was very nice to get over the line today. I’m going to enjoy it tonight and then straight back to work.
“I think I played very solid throughout the whole week. I improved, I think my returns were very, very solid this week. It’s obviously a big step for me to get my first title, so I couldn’t be happier. I’m happy with my level and how I handled the situation, especially coming in as the No. 1 seed. It’s not easy to be the favourite.”
Norrie is now joint-third in wins this season level with world number one Novak Djokovic after securing his 35th win of the season and now heads to Atlanta with momentum on his side.
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