Cameron Norrie stuns Rafael Nadal to provide Britain lead in United Cup | Tennis News

Cameron Norrie stuns Rafael Nadal to provide Britain lead in United Cup | Tennis News
Cameron Norrie stuns Rafael Nadal to provide Britain lead in United Cup | Tennis News
SYDNEY: Rafa Nadal’s preparations for his Australian Open title defence received off to a wobbly begin as Cameron Norrie handed him a 3-6 6-3 6-4 defeat within the United Cup on Saturday to provide Britain a 1-0 lead over Spain within the blended workforce match.
The 22-times Grand Slam champion, who lifted the trophy in Melbourne Park this 12 months and added one other French Open title in an in any other case injury-ravaged season, eased via the primary set however gifted Norrie a means again into the competition within the subsequent.
Nadal dug himself out of a gap with an ace to carry for 2-1 within the decider however surrendered his serve shortly after as world quantity 14 Norrie received sharper as the competition wore on and held on for the primary win over the world quantity two in 5 makes an attempt.
“It was fairly loopy… I used to be considering I’ve by no means received a set towards him earlier than and I wished to come back out and firstly do this and I needed to keep tremendous affected person,” Norrie stated in his on-court interview. “It was an excellent bodily match.
“I actually loved it, it was large to get via that one and eventually beat him. It’s a good way to finish the 12 months.”
Norrie credited his pre-season coaching for having the ability to dictate the baseline exchanges at Ken Rosewall Arena.
“I’ve had a extremely good off season, performed plenty of matches and it has been good for me. I felt like I used to be discovering actually good depth in my photographs and dictated the play… I wasn’t letting him do an excessive amount of injury together with his forehand,” Norrie added.
Women’s world primary Iga Swiatek had no hassle in her season opener as she dismantled Yulia Putintseva 6-1 6-3 to provide Poland a 1-0 lead over Kazakhstan in Brisbane.
Earlier, Czech Republic’s Jiri Lehecka claimed the most important win of his profession by gorgeous world quantity 12 Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-2, earlier than Marie Bouzkova beat Jule Niemeier 6-2 7-5 to provide her workforce a 2-0 lead over Germany.
Playing in his first aggressive match since surgical procedure to repair his ankle ligaments following an damage at Roland Garros, Zverev regarded in need of health and struggled on his serve with eight double faults to go down.
Brazil took a 2-0 lead over Norway as Beatriz Haddad Maia and Felipe Meligeni Alves sealed snug wins. Belgium and Bulgaria have been locked at 1-1.

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