February 3, 2018
Debutant comes from two sets down to stun world No 23
Tie stands at 1-1 after Liam Broady loses to Albert Ramos-Viñolas
Cameron Norrie fought back from two sets down to claim a stunning win over Roberto Bautista Agut as Great Britain levelled up their Davis Cup tie with Spain at 1-1.
After Liam Broady had been beaten in straight sets – 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (6) – by Albert Ramos-Viñolas earlier on Friday, Britain looked set to go 2-0 down when Bautista Agut, the world No 23, established a two-set lead against Norrie.
However, the 22-year-old Briton – 114th in the rankings – staged a remarkable comeback to claim a 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory on the Marbella clay.
Both Norrie and Broady were making their Davis Cup debuts after Kyle Edmund was left out of the opening day’s play because of a hip injury picked up during his run to the Australian Open semi-finals.
Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot will face Feliciano López and Pablo Carreño Busta in Saturday’s doubles rubber.
“It’s 100% the best day of my career,” Norrie told the BBC on court after the game. “I was nervous and had a streak in the second set where I couldn’t get a serve but I pulled it together. Thanks to my team, they gave me great energy. I thought I was tougher and physically I had some problems but I played it point by point.
“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.”
Norrie broke three times in the third set and twice in the fourth and fifth and Bautista Agut had no response with the Briton hitting 60 winners – twice as many as his rival.