Davis Cup: Cameron Norrie completes remarkable five-set fightback against Roberto Bautista Agut
Davis Cup debutant Cameron Norrie hailed “the best day of his career” after hitting again from two units all the way down to upset Roberto Bautista Agut.
The world quantity 114 levelled the World Group first-round tie at 1-1 following a stirring show for Great Britain in Marbella on Friday.
He trailed by two units and was Three-1 all the way down to the world quantity 23 earlier than roaring again to win Four-6 Three-6 6-Three 6-2 6-2 in his first match on clay.
“It’s 100 per cent the best day of my career,” Norrie informed the BBC on courtroom after the sport.
“I used to be nervous and had a streak within the second set the place I could not get a serve however I pulled it collectively.
“Thanks to my workforce, they gave me nice vitality. I assumed I used to be more durable and bodily I had some issues however I performed it level by level.
“I managed to pull it together and keep Great Britain in the tie. It gave me a lot of confidence because it was my first match on clay.”
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Norrie broke thrice within the third set and twice within the fourth and fifth and Bautista Agut had no response with the Briton hitting 60 winners – twice as many as his rival.
Norrie outfought Bautista Agut, who started to undergo with a thigh downside within the fourth set.
The 22-year-old added: “It was slightly enhance however I backed myself bodily and mentally. It was fairly good of him not retiring however I wished to maintain the factors bodily and work him as onerous as I might.
“I talked to Kyle Edmund a lot on how to manage the energy, you have to pick your points and he is very good at that. I’m a good runner and had to back myself the whole way. The fans helped and in the fifth set I went to serve and there was hell of a noise.”
GB captain Leon Smith additionally informed the BBC: “It’s superb to see Cam, as a rookie, a debutant, really put on the opponent down. We’ve had lots of good moments within the Davis Cup and that is considered one of them proper now.
“I’m almost a bit lost for words. All you ask for is that they give their best effort and fight like hell. Cam fully deserves every bit of praise he gets.”
The hosts led tie 1-Zero after Liam Broady misplaced 6-Three 6-Four 7-6 (Eight-6) to world quantity 21 Albert Ramos-Vinolas earlier on Friday.
Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot now face Feliciano Lopez and Pablo Carreno Busta in Saturday’s doubles rubber.