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Cameron Norrie is aiming high after becoming British No 1 for the first time in his career. The 26-year-old beat the likes of Roberto Bautista Agut and Diego Schwartzman to reach his maiden Masters 1000 semi-final in Indian Wells. The result means he will overtake Dan Evans to become the top-ranked Brit, but Norrie is more interested in matching compatriot Andy Murray’s heroics.
Norrie is having the best season of his career, having made five finals so far and winning his maiden tour-title in one of them.
He has now won 45 matches and counting so far in 2021 – more than world No 1 Novak Djokovic’s 44 – and is eyeing up his biggest-ever final in Indian Wells.
The current world No 26 is the last Brit standing in the tournament often referred to as the ‘fifth Grand Slam’ and faces former world No 3 Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday (October 16) for a spot in the championship match.
After an impressive 6-0 6-2 win over world No 15 Schwartzman, Norrie secured himself the British No 1 ranking for the first time in his career.
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Despite reaching the milestone, the 26-year-old admitted ahead of the match that it wasn’t a goal for him, and he had already set his sights much higher.
“The goal is to keep getting better and get towards world No 1,” he told Tennis Channel after beating American Tommy Paul in the round of 16.
It may seem like something of a big ask right now, as Norrie currently has a total of 2,015 ranking points with his Indian Wells result set to be added on Monday (October 18), and world No 1 Djokovic has 11,633.
However, Norrie wouldn’t be the first Brit in recent years to make it to the top spot of the rankings, as Murray managed to secure the year-end No 1 spot back in 2016.
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“I have obviously got a long way to go but that’s the goal for me,” Norrie admitted.
“It’s been a lot of fun this year and I am feeling good and ready to keep pushing for more.
“I just want to keep the momentum every week, keep enjoying my tennis, keep enjoying my tennis, keep enjoying playing at this level. It’s nice to show this level at these events and the Slams.”
After securing the title of top-ranked Brit, Norrie – who was raised in New Zealand but moved to the UK when he was 16 and later switched his allegiance to play for Great Britain – said he’d enjoy the new ranking despite never seeing it as an objective.
Speaking after his quarter-final win, he said: “It was never really a goal of mine, but it’s definitely a great bonus to be British No. 1.
“I want to keep pushing. I think I’ve got a lot of things to improve on, but I think it’s one of those things you’ve got to enjoy.”
He also called his match against Schwartzman the “biggest of [his] career.”
“Yeah, definitely my biggest match of my career probably leading in,” he told reporters afterwards.
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