Great Britain waving the old Davis Cup with a win, Cameron Norrie sealing Uzbekistan

Great Britain waving the old Davis Cup with a win, Cameron Norrie sealing Uzbekistan

Cameron Norrie sealed victory (Photo: Getty)

Cameron Norrie shook off the disappointment when he beat the crucial gap in the Davis Cup against Uzbekistan on Friday night with a brace.

The Brit could not turn 20-year-old Jurabek Karimov into a match-point, but had no problem against his compatriot Sanjar Fayziev in a 6-2 6-2 6-0 win.

Norrie's victory saw the British contingent end their association with the old Davis Cup format at a high level and confirmed that Leon Smith's team will be nominated next year for the qualifying process for the new World Cup event in February.

The dramaturgical nature of the action on Friday also showed the competition in their best and worst lighting conditions on a day of drama, but also for seven and a half hours, but on Sunday followed a better-known screenplay as Norrie left the world behind No. 516.


Great Britain against Uzbekistan

Great Britain 3-1 Uzbekistan

Dan Evans 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 0-6 6-4 7-5 Denis Istomin

Jurabek Karimov 6-0 7-5 6-7 6-2 6-0 Cam Norrie

Murray / Inglot 4-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-2 6-3 Istomin / Fayziev

Cam Norrie 6-2 6-2 6-2 Sanjar Fayziev

Norrie gets Smith's win (Photo: Getty)

The top Uzbek Denis Istomin retired due to an ankle problem and Norrie had the opportunity to exorcise his demons quickly against lesser opponents.

It was a chance he did not miss, and now Britain has put herself in the best possible position to reach next year.

The qualifying phase will take place in February, with Australia as the strongest potential opponent for the UK.

That could change, however, if the International Tennis Federation will hand over two wildcards for the final in the next ten days.

It is generally expected that Switzerland will receive one of these two wildcards, but if the second one is awarded to one of the seeded teams in qualifying, it seems likely that the Aussies will rise well to a seeded team.

Fayziev was beaten (Photo: Getty)

It is not thought at this stage that Britain will be one of the teams that will receive a wildcard, although of course that could change.

The hosts of the finals themselves remain between Madrid and Lille, with the first as the front runner.

After breaking in the first game, Norrie soon found his rhythm and moved up 4: 1.

A late break ended the opener and with the wind in his sails, he broke to 3-1 in the second round.

Just before the 90-minute mark Norrie had a two-set lead and this time he did not throw her away.

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