Cameron Norrie shook off the frustration of blowing a two-set lead on Friday evening to clinch the deciding rubber in Nice Britain’s Davis Cup tie with Uzbekistan.
The Brit couldn’t convert a match level towards 20-year-old Jurabek Karimov however had no such drawback towards his compatriot Sanjar Fayziev in a 6-2 6-2 6-Zero win.
Norrie’s victory ensured the British contingent ended their affiliation with the previous Davis Cup format on a excessive and in doing so confirmed Leon Smith’s aspect will likely be seeded for February’s qualification course of for the brand new World Cup-style occasion subsequent 12 months.
The topsy-turvy nature of Friday’s motion concurrently confirmed the competitors in its finest and worst lights in a day filled with drama but in addition seven-and-a-half hours in size, however Sunday adopted a extra recognised script as Norrie eased previous the world No. 516.
Nice Britain vs Uzbekistan
Nice Britain Three-1 Uzbekistan
Dan Evans 7-6 (7-Four) Four-6 Zero-6 6-Four 7-5 Denis Istomin
Jurabek Karimov 6-Zero 7-5 6-7 6-2 6-Zero Cam Norrie
Murray/Inglot Four-6 7-6 (10-Eight) 6-2 6-Three Istomin/Fayziev
Cam Norrie 6-2 6-2 6-2 Sanjar Fayziev
High-ranked Uzbek Denis Istomin withdrew from the tie citing an ankle drawback and it gave Norrie the chance to shortly exorcise his demons towards low stage opposition.
It was an opportunity he didn’t cross up and now Britain have put themselves in the very best place to achieve subsequent 12 months’s finals.
The qualification stage will happen in February, with Australia the hardest potential opponents for Britain because it stands.
Which will effectively all change, although, with the Worldwide Tennis Federation set handy out two wildcards for the finals within the coming 10 days.
Switzerland are broadly anticipated to be handed a kind of two wildcards, however ought to the second be given to one of many seeded groups in qualifying, it stands to purpose that the Aussies might be bumped as much as a seeded workforce.
It’s not thought at this stage that Britain will likely be one of many groups who will obtain a wildcard, although that would, after all, change.
The hosts of the finals themselves stay a straight toss up between Madrid and Lille, with the previous considered frontrunners.
After being damaged within the first sport, Norrie quickly discovered his rhythm and moved Four-1 up.
A late break wrapped up the opener and with the wind in his sails he broke to like for a Three-1 lead within the second.
Simply earlier than the 90-minute mark, Norrie had a two-set lead and this time he didn’t throw it away.