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GB’s Norrie stuns Bautista Agut in five sets to level Davis Cup tie at 1-1

Cameron Norrie celebrates beating Roberto Bautista Agut

Cameron Norrie was playing his first professional match on red clay, as well as it being his first five-setter

Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie came from two sets down to stun Roberto Bautista Agut and level the Davis Cup World Group tie with Spain at 1-1.

Norrie, ranked 114, fought brilliantly to win 4-6 3-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 against the world number 23 on clay in Marbella.

Earlier, Liam Broady performed well but lost 6-3 6-4 7-6 (8-6) to world number 21 Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot face Feliciano Lopez and Pablo Carreno Busta in Saturday’s doubles rubber.

The match is live on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website from 13:00 GMT.

Norrie said: “In the fifth set I went to serve and there was an eruption of noise and I thought this is an incredible experience. I’m so happy. Best day of my tennis career, 100%.”

Spain looked certain to be heading into the doubles with a 2-0 lead when Bautista Agut, 29, broke to lead 3-2 in the third set but the 22-year-old Norrie played the match of his life to produce an astonishing upset.

He broke three times in the third set and twice each in the fourth and fifth as Bautista Agut wilted under a Norrie onslaught, with the Briton hitting 60 winners – twice as many as his opponent.

GB captain Leon Smith: “At two sets down you’re thinking just keep fighting, keep pride and passion. It’s amazing to see Cam, as a rookie, a debutant, actually wear the opponent down. We’ve had a lot of good moments in Davis Cup and this is one of them right 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.”

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Britain appeared to be facing mission impossible without the injured Andy Murray and Australian Open semi-finalist Kyle Edmund, who was not chosen by captain Leon Smith for the opening singles rubbers because of a hip injury.

Spain are without world number one Rafael Nadal but the five players in their squad are all ranked in the top 40, while Norrie and world number 165 Broady were both making their Davis Cup debuts.

Norrie deservedly broke first as he mixed his game up and established a 4-2 first-set lead, choosing the right moments to come to the net and unsettle Bautista Agut.

However, the Spaniard won seven games in a row to take control, with the Norrie errors mounting up.

From 3-0 down, the Briton did get back on serve in the second set but was immediately broken again and Bautista Agut closed out the second set.

Norrie was twice a break down in the third set but won the final four games from 3-2 down, with a backhand return sealing the decisive break in the eighth game.

The Briton dominated thereafter, outfoxing Bautista Agut with well-timed drop shots, excellent volleys and winners down the line off both wings.

Norrie had 21 winners in the fourth set alone but had to save three break points when serving 1-0 down in the final set. Once he did so, he pulled clear to secure one of the great British Davis Cup victories in four hours and one minute.

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