This past Sunday, Cameron Norrie claimed the Indian Wells title, becoming the first British man to win the Masters 1000 event. While Norrie was clearly excited by the win, someone else was possibly even more happy: countryman Andy Murray.

Norrie defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in the final, coming back from a set down. Murray called Norrie's latest success a "phenomenal achievement", sending kind words to the 26-year-old who broke into the Top 20 for the first time.

The former world No. 1 was preparing to launch his Antwerp campaign when asked about Norrie's breakthrough.

"I'd be lying if I said that I called that, to be honest," he said. "I have spent a decent amount of time around him and practiced with him quite a lot."


Murray's best result at Indian Wells came in 2009, when he finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal. This year, the three-time major champion reached the third round before being eliminated by Alexander Zverev.

On Tuesday, Murray scored the ATP's longest best-of-three win of 2021 when he edged Frances Tiafoe in a decisive tiebreaker. Norrie is expected to return next week at the 500-level tournament in Vienna as he looks to challenge for one of the remaining ATP Finals berths.