Cameron Norrie suffered a disastrous house debut within the Davis Cup as he blew a two-set lead towards world No. 434 Jurabek Karimov on Friday evening as Uzbekistan clawed themselves degree with Nice Britain.
Competing because the top-ranked accessible Brit for the primary time, the world No. 70 acquired off to the right begin as he bagelled the 20-year-old earlier than assuming full management by clinching the second with a late break.
A break up within the third, Norrie missed a break level alternative to maneuver 5-Three up and all of a sudden crumbled, permitting his opponent again into the match in a tiebreak – having had a match level.
Two extra poor units adopted from the 23-year-old and together with his opponent gaining confidence, the match started to slide by way of his fingers.
A break got here at the beginning of the third and Karimov got here up with the most important win of his profession – securing a Zero-6 5-7 7-6 (Eight-6) 6-2 6-2 success – to degree the match on the shut of play on Friday.
It was a case of what if for the British contingent who had appeared in full and utter management of the tie after Dan Evans stunned world No. 60 Denis Istomin in one other five-setter earlier within the afternoon.
Had Norrie acquired the job completed as anticipated, Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot might have had the competition wrapped up with a win within the doubles on Saturday however now there’s severe work to be completed for Leon Smith’s facet.