Murray fell victim after he left a pair of smelly shoes under his car to air them out, with his wedding ring attached, although they were returned after a public appeal.
Norrie had no such luck after losing three pairs ahead of his clash with Nikoloz Basilashvili, forcing him to break in new ones in Sunday night’s final.
But the change did not seem to affect him as he fought back from a set down to beat the Georgian 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 and claim the biggest win of his career.
“Luckily I didn’t have a wedding ring attached (to them). I didn’t lose that, so it was a bonus,” said the new British No1, giving a nod to his countryman’s misfortune.
“I think someone, I don’t know who it was ... maybe someone from the cleaners came through and they threw the three pairs that I had away.
“I looked all day, had everyone looking. I don’t know what the people have against Brits with stealing shoes, but I didn’t manage to get them back. Just had to go out there with a fresh pair.”
Norrie was the first British player to reach the final at one of the ATP’s nine elite Masters 1000 events since Murray five years ago.
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