2021 BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) Final: Basilashvili vs Norrie

Who will win the match and how many sets?


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Picmun

Hall of Fame
In winning Indian Wells, Norrie has:

1. Won his 2nd and by far the biggest title of his career (won his maiden ATP title in Los Cabos, a 250 event, earlier in the season) in his 6th ATP final of the year.
2. Become the 1st British player to win the title in Indian Wells (Rusedski was a losing finalist in 1998, Henman in 2002 & 2004, Murray in 2009).
3. Become the 20th active player to have won at least 1 title at Masters 1000 level.
4. Become the 1st player ranked outside the top #25 to win Indian wells since Ljubicic in 2010.
5. Become the 3rd player to win his maiden Masters 1000 title this season (after Hurkacz in Miami and Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo).
6. Become the 4th British player to win a title at Masters 1000 level (after Rusedski, Henman and Murray) and 2nd active player to do so.
7. Become the #1 ranked British male player for the first time in his career (finally achieving the ranking to match his results).
WOW !! Where did you research all that from @Mainad ? Or did you lift it from somewhere ? ;-)
 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
In winning Indian Wells, Norrie has:

1. Won his 2nd and by far the biggest title of his career (won his maiden ATP title in Los Cabos, a 250 event, earlier in the season) in his 6th ATP final of the year.
2. Become the 1st British player to win the title in Indian Wells (Rusedski was a losing finalist in 1998, Henman in 2002 & 2004, Murray in 2009).
3. Become the 20th active player to have won at least 1 title at Masters 1000 level.
4. Become the 1st player ranked outside the top #25 to win Indian wells since Ljubicic in 2010.
5. Become the 3rd player to win his maiden Masters 1000 title this season (after Hurkacz in Miami and Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo).
6. Become the 4th British player to win a title at Masters 1000 level (after Rusedski, Henman and Murray) and 2nd active player to do so.
7. Become the #1 ranked British male player for the first time in his career (finally achieving the ranking to match his results).
Wow - Impressive Stats. Thanks!
 

Winners or Errors

Hall of Fame
Wut? There has been increased toxicity from the fanboy bases with their idols idle and their hands transforming from their usual chores of overadulation into hate for the guys that kept grinding into the second weekend. All the pathetic calls that the tennis wasn’t worth watching with Player A as a SFist or Player B undeserving of making a final because of his limited ball bashing skill set.
Well, that’s true, but if you look back at big 3 threads, that went on for pages and pages. It’s more tolerable here, because the rabid big 3 fans seem to have gotten bored and left… which is fine with me.
 

Aabye5

Hall of Fame
He “shovels” his bh. I guess Connors was a shovelhead too. And Pancho Segura with his 2-hand righty FH, a virtual mirror image of the bh his protégé Jimbo made.
His backhand is not pretty, but his forehand is loopy and he barely gets it past the service line on some of these points.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
His backhand is not pretty, but his forehand is loopy and he barely gets it past the service line on some of these points.
Beauty and the eyes of the beholder. A lot of peeps back in the 70s loved Borg’s 2-hander but a few snooty critics called it a glorified hockey slap shot. It sure looked beautiful when it climbed and dropped quickly after passing over the net.

I’ve seen Norrie matches and while the backhand is not textbook it is effective and most closely resembles the Connors backhand out of any 2-hander on tour in the last 30 years. The major area he doesn’t match up to Jimbo’s shot quality is due to something few have ever had…Connors’ exquisite footwork that left Jimbo always in great position to pick and choose what he wanted to do with the ball, from pure flat drive to chip drive with side spin to approach behind or acute angles to pass or regain a dictating rally advantage. All learned first from his mom and grandmom and then fine tuned in LA with Pancho Segura’s 2-handed FH as the template.
 

Aabye5

Hall of Fame
Beauty and the eyes of the beholder. A lot of peeps back in the 70s loved Borg’s 2-hander but a few snooty critics called it a glorified hockey slap shot. It sure looked beautiful when it climbed and dropped quickly after passing over the net.

I’ve seen Norrie matches and while the backhand is not textbook it is effective and most closely resembles the Connors backhand out of any 2-hander on tour in the last 30 years. The major area he doesn’t match up to Jimbo’s shot quality is due to something few have ever had…Connors’ exquisite footwork that left Jimbo always in great position to pick and choose what he wanted to do with the ball, from pure flat drive to chip drive with side spin to approach behind or acute angles to pass or regain a dictating rally advantage. All learned first from his mom and grandmom and then fine tuned in LA with Pancho Segura’s 2-handed FH as the template.
You're right about it looking like the Connor's backhand, but I feel like Jimmy had more shoulder turn.


Edit: the longer neck on the racquets also probably change the perspective a bit.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
You're right about it looking like the Connor's backhand, but I feel like Jimmy had more shoulder turn.


Edit: the longer neck on the racquets also probably change the perspective a bit.
Connors achieved his sizable rotation because he was always there early due to training from Gloria to be nimble footed.

I worked as a part time security guard on the weekend DC tie at Flushing inthe early 80s and got assigned to chaperone Jimbo to his practice court before his singles match vs CZE (Schmid IIRC). I failed to be ever diligent to protect him because I was mesmerized by his footwork, even in practice. Baby steps and oh so light on his feet, nary a sound as he moved. Absolutely breathtaking!
 
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