Davis Cup: Great Britain equals 1-1 with the United States in the opening group game

Cameron Norrie and Leon Smith
Great Britain is the only nation to have competed in every edition of the Davis Cup since 1900
Group Stage Venues: Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Valencia Events: September 13th to 18th
Cover: Live TV coverage of UK matches on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website and app, with selected live text commentary and match reports on the website and app

Cameron Norrie shrugged off a subpar start to beat Taylor Fritz and draw Britain level with the United States in the Davis Cup group opener.

Norrie was out of form for most of the game until he controlled a tiebreak in set number two and used the momentum to win 2-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-5.

The British number one needed a win to keep GB in the best-of-three tie after Dan Evans lost to Tommy Paul.

Andy Murray will partner with Joe Salisbury in Wednesday’s crucial doubles gum.

They will take on Salisbury’s regular doubles partner Rajeev Ram – with whom he won the US Open last week – and Jack Sock.

A minute’s silence was observed at the start of the clash in Glasgow following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the British players will wear black armbands or ribbons for their three Group D ties this week.

This is the first of three group games Britain will play in Glasgow this week, with games against the Netherlands on Friday and Kazakhstan on Sunday.

Each nation plays two singles matches and one doubles match against their group opponents in a best-of-three sets format.

There are three more cities hosting groups this week as 16 nations compete for places at November’s finals in Malaga. The top two in each group qualify.

I owe it all to the crowd – Norrie

After watching Evans get beaten in a quality encounter with Paul, British number one Norrie took to the pitch knowing he needed a win to keep Britain level.

But the world No.

An early break in the second allowed Norrie to take a 3-0 lead but then he gifted a break to Fritz with a wild forehand.

With no music playing in the arena as a mark of respect during the national mourning period, it was up to the fans to create the atmosphere for Norrie to stoke.

And they did.

The football-style chants and drums played their part and the Brit then upped his own decibels with a roar as he fended off a break point to hold for 6-5.

The tenacious Fritz forced a tie-break, but Norrie meanwhile found some of the form that propelled him up the leaderboard and he took charge.

He capitalized on a double fault from Fritz and unleashed an overhead winner to earn three set points, converting the first when the American netted.

Norrie broke in the ninth game of the deciding set but couldn’t capitalize on the win as he sent a long backhand. But he didn’t make the same mistake the second time around as Fritz struggled to send the crowd to their feet.

“Honestly, I owe everything to the audience. You guys were amazing,” said Norrie, whose father David is from Glasgow and was watching in the stands.

“I didn’t really do my best, Taylor came out firing. I managed to get a tiebreak in the second set, I played well in the tiebreak and then in the third set as well.

“I loved the atmosphere. It’s just great to be back in Glasgow and playing a game like this in front of you guys.”

Evans also fed on the crowd in his match, a high-quality match that was as close as the world rankings would have suggested, with the Brit ranked just four places ahead of his American opponent Paul at world No. 25.

After finally losing on the fourth set point and losing the opening set, Evans upped his game in the second set.

Evans improved his service level in the second set – after winning just 45% of first serve points in the first, increasing them to 89% in the second – and didn’t face a break point as he led the match into a crucial third set with a serve that Paul could only return wide.

The Brit collapsed in the third game but hit back immediately and while he saved two match points in the final game, he handed over the win in the third game when he hit a backhand.

“There was nothing wrong with my tennis today,” Evans said. “Well, it was all right. I guess I just didn’t take my chances.”

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.