Cameron Nouri’s winning streak reached a high point in the California desert on Sunday, becoming the first Briton to win the ATP Indian Wells title, beating Nicolas Basilashvili 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. ۔
Nouri rallied from one set for the 47th win of his career season and is the first British player to lift the trophy, which former finalists Andy Murray, Tim Heinmann and Greg Rozsky failed to win.
This is Nouri’s second title in his sixth ATP final of the season since winning his first crown in Las Cabos earlier this year.
Victory will put him in the top 20 of the world for the first time in his career, overtaking Daniel Evans to become the new British No. 1.
“I’m very happy, this is my biggest title,” said Nouri, who won the crown when Basilashvili put a long belt on the first match point.
Nouri hit just one ace, had two double faults but won 77% of his first serve points and played better in key moments than Basilasholi.
“It’s been an incredible week. I was expecting it to be a long match and he made a couple of mistakes in the end,” Noori said.
Murray was the current British finalist in 2009 when he lost to Rafael Nadal of Spain. Heinmann made the final twice, in 2002 and 2004, when he lost to Roger Federer 6-3, 6-3 in straight sets. Bert Rousseck, a Canadian, was the runner-up in 1998.
Noori was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and grew up in New Zealand at Texas Christian University before becoming a top college student in the United States. He has been representing the UK for the past eight years.
Basilashvili, 29, was on his way to his third title of the season. He has a reputation for being a streak player who can look unbeatable one day and look weak the next. Unfortunately, Georgian did not bring his A-Game against Nouri in the quarterfinals where he defeated Greece’s second seeded Stefanos Setsipas.
Basilashvili said he had some health problems on Sunday that drained him of energy in the final set, but declined to go into details.
“I was very tight. I had some health problems in the third set. I went outside and tried to breathe but couldn’t recover. I had nothing left,” said Basilashvili, who left the court after the fifth game. ” Go to the third set bathroom and re-group.
The son of a former dancer with the Georgian National Ballet, Basilashvili threw two aces and won only 56% of his first service and 59% of his second service in a match of one hour and 49 minutes.
Basilasholi won the last five games of the first set 6-3. Nouri took an early break to take a 3-1 lead but Georgian served to start his warm-up streak in the fifth game.
Noori competed in a tough second set in which both players quickly saw a record service break. Noori took the lead in the 10th game with another service break and leveled the seats one by one.
Nouri got another early break in the second game of the third set, but Basilashvili won the fourth game six minutes long to reduce the deficit to 3-1.
It was the final blow for Basila Schweli, who has since lost the last three games of the match, partly due to a bad forehead and a clear lack of focus.