Cameron Norrie edged out as Great Britain beaten by Spain in Davis Cup
Cameron Norrie enhanced his rising repute however couldn’t forestall Great Britain dropping to Spain in the primary spherical of the Davis Cup.
The 22-year-old left-hander, who was born in South Africa and spent a lot of his childhood in New Zealand, confirmed outstanding grit in opposition to world No 21 Albert Ramos-Vinolas earlier than bowing to a four-set defeat.
Their conflict was on a knife edge heading into the third-set tie-break, however Ramos-Vinolas edged that after which swept convincingly via the fourth to appease frayed Spanish nerves in Marbella.
He received 7-6 (7/four) 2-6 7-6 (7/four) 6-2, and Spain may have a good time a victory that few doubted they’d obtain this weekend, given Andy Murray’s injury-enforced absence from the British ranks.
They secured an unassailable Three-1 lead in the tie, with Britain’s level having been received on Friday by Corrie along with his gorgeous comeback win over Roberto Bautista Agut.
Great Britain captain Leon Smith stated: “I can’t converse extremely sufficient of what Cam’s carried out all weekend and but once more at present.
“People might have thought it was a one-off what he produced on Friday, but he did it again today against another really high quality player.”
Norrie, who sits 114th in the world, gave 21st-ranked Ramos-Vinolas a torrid time for lengthy stretches of the match.
Cameron Norrie in motion throughout the second set (Getty)
“In both breakers anything can happen,” Smith stated on BBC Two, “and he pushed him actually shut. I’m actually, actually happy with him.
“If he needs some sort of reference point to how far he can go, he got it this weekend. The only way is up for him.”
Spain transfer via to face Germany in the quarter-finals.