South African tennis player Cameron Norrie (Born in Johannesburg, moved to New Zealand at the age of three, and settled in London since his adolescence -except for the university passage through the USA-) and the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili will meet this Sunday from 20, Argentine time, in the men’s Indian Wells final.
Norrie beat Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-4 in the first semifinal this Saturday in one hour and 27 minutes. For his part, Basilashvili defeated American Taylor Fritz 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the other semifinal in one hour and 41 minutes.
Cameron Norrie is trained by Argentine Lugones.
Norrie, trained by Argentine Facundo Lugones, He is the 21st seed for Indian Wells and is ranked 26th in the ATP rankings, while Basilashvili is listed as the 29th favorite of the tournament and is number 36 in the world..
Lugones, an old representative of the Adrogué Tennis Club, was a player although he has not had much fortune on the circuit. Between 2009 and 2011 he played several tournaments in the Futures category and was even encouraged to play the Qualy of the ATP 250 in Buenos Aires.
His uncle is Christian Miniussi, bronze medalist at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games together with Javier Frana. His mother was a tennis teacher and his father also played. He became 1,337th in the ATP rankings. Although still linked to tennis, his life changed outside the court, while he was at Texas Christian University, where he met – there in the United States – Norris.
Hit in a final between two outside the Top 25
These two tennis players did not appear in the bets to reach the Indian Wells finalBut the absence of the biggest stars on the men’s circuit had left the doors open for potential hopefuls and rising figures.
Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer have not participated this year in the Californian desert tournament. In addition, Russian Daniil Medvedev, who beat Djokovic at the last US Open, lost to Dimitrov in the second round of Indian Wells.
Nikoloz Basilashvili, the other finalist.
What did Lugones say about Norrie?
“He was quite kind, a very sociable boy. He got along well with everyone and was very close, but also quite competitive. There wasn’t much structure in his life, it was all a bit random. But he was very competitive, he was fun to be with, he was a great friend. He was like any other university … Above all I was looking to have fun“Lugones recalled about Norrie in dialogue with the ATP site.
“Now he is a little more professional and more mature. When it comes to work, setting goals, having tough conversations, and preparing for tournaments, it’s very serious. When we’re off the track at the hotel and talking about other aspects of life, it’s like a friend. It is about knowing how to separate the roles. In tennis, he is very serious and focused. When it is a conversation about something else, it is more relaxed, “he said.
The Argentine coach also spoke about Cameron’s differentials: “His main advantage in the physical section is his resistance. You can not only play a couple of hours, but four hours while maintaining the same physical level. Some players can be physical, but only for two hours. I think you have the stamina to do it for many hours and days at a time, one after the other.
He moves very well, he’s explosive, but I think his main virtue is endurance. He has always been a good runner from a young age. He could run long distances with his mother, so that’s where his stamina comes from. You don’t need to work too hard on it. It works a lot more to be a little stronger and move better with movement patterns, changes of direction and speed ”.
Finally, he spoke about the British’s medium and long-term goals. “At the beginning of the year it was to finish in the Top 30, and we are working on it. You have to keep raising those goals. If it finishes Top 30, next year it will be the Top 20, the Top 15 and then the Top 10 and obviously No. 1. That is every tennis player’s goal, ”he said. And he blanked that, despite his influence, the Spanish does not handle it quite well …
“I tried, but it’s not very good. It’s one of the things he’s not very good at: languages. His best friend is from Chile and they lived together for three years, but he doesn’t know much Spanish. Can ask [comida] and understand a little, but he never learned much Spanish, which I regret a bit and I’m sure he will too ”, he closed.
The girls also play their final match
The match between Norrie and Basilashvili will be played on Sunday just after the women’s final in which the Spanish Paula Badosa and the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka will be measured.
Badosa could become the first Spanish to take the Indian Wells title, since Conchita Martínez, the best of her compatriots in the history of this tournament, could not win the 1992 and 1996 finals.
On the other hand, this Saturday the winners in the doubles category met. The Belgian Elise Mertens and the Taiwanese Su-Wei Hsieh beat the Kazakh Elena Rybakina and the Russian Veronika Kudermetova by 7-6 (1) and 6-3 in one hour and 35 minutes.
In the men’s draw, the Australian John Peers and the Slovak Filip Polasek were proclaimed champions by beating the Russians Andrey Rublev and Aslan Karatsev 6-3 and 7-6 (5) in one hour and 29 minutes.