Davis Cup: Great Britain tied 1-1 with the United States in the opening group match

Cameron Norrie and Leon Smith
Great Britain is the only country to have competed in every Davis Cup since 1900
Group stage stadiums: Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Valencia dates: September 13-18
coverage: Live TV coverage of Great Britain 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 rocked his sub-par start to defeat Taylor Fritz and equalize Great Britain with the United States in the opening match of the Davis Cup group.

Nouri was elusive throughout most of the match until he dominated the second set tie-breaker and ride the momentum to win 2-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-5.

The British top seed needed a win to keep GB in a best of three after Dan Evans lost to Tommy Ball.

Andy Murray will team up with Joe Salisbury in the crucial doubles match on Wednesday.

They will face Rajiv Ram, Salisbury’s regular doubles partner – with whom he won the US Open last week – and Jack Sock.

A minute’s silence was observed at the start of the game in Glasgow after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and the British players wore black armbands or ribbons for their three laces in Group D this week.

This is the first of three team relations that Great Britain will take part in this week in Glasgow, with the confrontations taking place against the Netherlands on Friday and against Kazakhstan on Sunday.

Each country plays two singles matches and one doubles match against their group opponents in the best of three groups.

Three other cities are hosting groups this week as 16 nations chase the spots in the November finals in Malaga. The first two from each group will qualify.

I owe it all to this crowd – Nouri

After witnessing Evans defeat in a high-quality showdown with Paul, British top seed Nouri went to court knowing he needed a win to keep Great Britain in a draw.

But the world number eight soon found himself a double collapse at 5-1 as the first set escaped him as he paid for 12 non-forced fouls to his opponent’s four.

An early break in the second enabled Nouri to lead 3-0 but gave Fritz a break with a wild forehand.

With no music playing in the plaza as a sign of respect during the period of national mourning, it was up to the fans to create the atmosphere that could release Nori.

And they did.

Football-style chants and gourds played their part and then the Briton raised his decibel with a roar as he fended off a break point to hold 6-5.

A stubborn Fritz was forced to break the tie but Nouri now found some form that lifted him to the top of the rankings and took the helm.

He capitalized on Fritz’s double-fault and unleashed an overhead win to take three set points, converting the first when the American netted the net.

Nouri broke in the ninth game of the deciding set, but failed to serve victory as he sent a long backhand. But he didn’t make the same mistake the second time around when he asked, as Fritz went too long to send the crowd on their feet.

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

“I wasn’t really playing my best, Taylor just went out shooting. I was able to get to the second set tiebreak, and I played really well in the tiebreak and then the third set as well.

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

Evans also fed the crowd for his match, which was a high-quality match that was close to the competition as indicated by their world rankings, with the Briton ranking only four places higher than American rival Paul in the 25th place in the world. .

After eventually surrendering at the fourth set point to lose the opening set, Evans raised his level in the second set.

Evans improved his serving levels in the second set – having won only 45% of his first serve points in the first set, increasing that to 89% in the second – and he didn’t face a break point when he took the match into the decisive third set with a serve that Paul couldn’t provide Except on a large scale.

The Briton had a break in third but immediately resisted, and while saving two match points in the last game, he handed the win in the third when he scored a backhand.

“There was nothing wrong with my tennis today,” Evans said. “Well, everything was fine there. I guess I didn’t take my chances.”

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