After four failed bids, Cameron Norrie got over the hump and won his first career title Saturday night in Los Cabos defeating American Brandon Nakashima 6-2, 6-2.
“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,” the Brit Norrie said. “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.”
Norrie had previous runner-up finishes at 2019 Auckland and three finals this year at Estoril, Lyon and Queen’s. The 25-year-old who played at TCU in Texas didn’t drop a set all week.
“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,” Norrie said. “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 favorite.
“I went out there and took care of business when I needed to.”
The 19-year-old Nakashima who resides in San Diego defeated three countryman – JJ Wolf, Sam Querrey and John Isner – en route to his biggest career match. He came up short in trying to become the youngest American ATP Tour titlist since 19-year-old Andy Roddick lifted the Houston trophy in 2002.
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