Spain v GB: Day 1 Davis Cup


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Hello and welcome to the start of

our coverage of this world group

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Davis Cup tie between Great Britain

and Spain in Marbella. We have three

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days to look forward to. It was in

this competition Great Britain had

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one of its most memorable moments a

few years ago when spearheaded by

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Andy Murray when they beat Belgium

in the final to lift the magnificent

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trophy, for the first time in 79

years. Sadly, there is no Andy,

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still recovering from hip surgery he

had in Melbourne earlier this month

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but he is

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but he is aiming to be back in time

for the grass court season in the

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summer. But the new British star

emerged down under in 23-year-old

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Kyle Edmund, who fought his way

through to his first-ever Grand Slam

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semifinal, losing to Marin Cilic.

The effort took its toll, and he

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faced a minor hip injury, facing a

race against time to be fit. He

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travelled to Marbella, practising on

the clay every day. Sadly his time

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ran out. Yesterday British captain

Leon Smith announced Kyle Wood not

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take part in today's singles matches

but he might play on Sunday. The

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British team travelling to the Costa

Del Sol, but this is no holiday,

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facing the mighty tennis nation of

Spain, all players ranking inside

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the top 40 in the world despite no

Rafa Nadal. Cameron Norrie and Liam

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Broady have both been playing on the

Challenger circuit, both making a

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Davis Cup debut today. Let's hear

how the decision to not play Kyle

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Edmund was reached, we can hear from

Kyle and the Captain.

Obviously were

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gutted he's not playing. He's an

incredible form, it raises your

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chances. But equally, we care about

the player and well-being more than

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just one individual moment. That's

why it the right decision not to

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risk it just now and do any further

damage. But he's getting closer

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every day. It's more comfort

conversation as the week progresses.

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Let's hope that on Sunday there is

still a live opportunity that he can

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play some part.

It's my decision, I

know my body better than anyone else

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so I know what I'm feeling. I know

what it is to go out there and play

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the best of five sets against the

Spanish players, it's tough, and you

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have to be ready. If I wasn't

feeling 100% happy with where I'm

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at, the other thing is I wasn't 100%

happy on the clay. You need the

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hours to get comfortable. Friday is

too soon for me. We will see what

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happens ahead of the weekend. Of

course, I love playing the Davis Cup

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and it's a shame not to play. But

it's great for Liam and Cameron to

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make their debut and it will be

special for them.

It's a huge

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privilege to play for their country.

They are getting the opportunity to

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do that in the world group against

Spain, 8000 people, and a lot of

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British fans as well. I am thrilled

for them. Win or lose, for me, it's

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about going out there and fighting

hard. Also thinking, keeping your

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wits about you and learning and from

it. I've been really impressed by

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their work rate. They both have good

mindsets, which is good to see. They

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are absorbing everything in the

team, getting to be around Jamie and

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Dominik and Kyle, who now have a

bank of experience. It's another

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stepping stone, a massive challenge,

but if they are serious about where

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they want to go, which I genuinely

feel they are, this is good for

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them.

Joining me in the studio,

Jamie Baker and John Lloyd, John,

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you were captain, so must now how

Leon Smith will be disappointed. But

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the Davis Cup, scheduled after a

major championship, anybody who gets

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a deep run in the tournament, it's

difficult to recover in time.

The

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scheduling is so bad, right after

the Grand Slam. Anybody who gets to

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the quarterfinal onwards, if you are

captain, you almost hope they lose

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early! I will not say that too loud,

but you know there is a risk that

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your main players might not make it

the following week.

As captain, is

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there a risky has left Kyle in

rather than bring in a junior? If

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there is an injury, who will play

the singles match on Sunday?

Jamie

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Murray.

Who probably hasn't played a

singles match since...?

It's a risk,

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but one you have to take.

As Leon

was saying, to make your Davis Cup

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debut, portly and Cameron, it's a

big step up from the Challenger

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circuit.

It's a massive step up, but

you never know what will happen.

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With Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund in

the frame a few months ago, these

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guys would not be thinking they were

going to play singles in this match.

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On the positive side, nobody is

expected to win. But it's how we can

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use the situation to up your game.

The one question is always around

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the quality of the Spanish team, is

the gulf just a bit too high to pull

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off the upset? But there is always

chance.

There is always a chance. We

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have a lot of talk about, but here

is the match schedule over the

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coming three days.

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The doubles match tomorrow is the

only match where we have the higher

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ranked players. One match has

already been completed. Liam Broady

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took on the Spanish number one

Albert Ramos Vinolas. On paper, it

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looked a very one-sided match, as

Ramos Vinolas is ranked 21 in the

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world and Liam Broady is at 165. But

Broady played attacking tennis, and

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worried the Spaniard. He was serving

for the third set. We can join it

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there, it's on the tie-break at 6-6.

John was calling this match with

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Chris Bradnam.

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COMMENTATOR:

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Who says you can't be successful

going forward? This is a clay court

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in Spain! It's overwhelming, the

percentage points won at the from

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Broady. -- won at the net from

Broady.

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It's the right shout. Did well.

Really anticipated well and hit some

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superb

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superb volleys. Credit to Ramos

Manolas. Good pick-up. That one was

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right at him.

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Keeps going in.

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That's a pity, there, because Ramos

Vinolas was very short with the

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forehands mid-court, almost daring

Liam Broady to go for one.

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He's the one taking the ball on, not

this one. Ramos, he's almost

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protecting a little bit.

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Needed that one. It's a rare sight,

but the time to do it. Just his

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third.

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Well done. Short return of serve and

got punished.

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They're singing is very appropriate

right now.

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right now. There's Liam Broady.

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I think they are enjoying the

British support! They are all a

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little crazy, no?

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That's a nervous looking backhand.

He's pointing at his legs. Didn't

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bend on that one at all.

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It's the right shots to go with,

though. Got to attack the second

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serve.

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That's huge. Was always sitting up

to be hit. And didn't he hit it.

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Extraordinary, there. Played such a

solid point, a great forehand to win

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the point. That was an OK serve, but

missed it by miles.

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Again, the serve and volley. Ramos

Vinolas can't believe it. A smile

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from Leon Smith. He's got a set

point.

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Fabulous.

What point. The backhand

Moli from Liam Broady was excellent

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as well. And the approach shot. I

thought he won that point. -- the

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backhand volley. It seems like when

the Spaniard is in trouble, that's

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when he plays best. A very good

volley. Nothing he could do about

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that. A well played point from both

players.

It's given them full

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voices.

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CHANTING

A Davis Cup atmosphere, there's

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nothing like it.

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CHEERING

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So good. So good!

Tremendous. Broady

did well to keep himself in that

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rally. He made an excellent get with

the inside out forehand. That was

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it. Picked his target and exploded

on the ball. From set point, to

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match point.

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What a way to win his first live

rubber in Davis Cup for Spain. The

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key points, Ramos Vinolas raised the

bar. It was too high for Liam Broady

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in the end. He acquitted himself, on

his debut, very well. But Spain

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1-up.

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SUE BARKER: the record books will

say he won in straight sets, but

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there's more to it than that. Liam

Broady playing above what we have

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seen from him in the past. He loved

the experience out there but in the

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end Spain go one up. Next on court,

Cameron Norrie against Roberto

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Bautista Agut. Jamie, we were

watching that and he played so well.

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He really took the game to Ramos

Vinolas.

It was really good from

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Liam Broady. What I liked was at the

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Vinolas.

It was really good from

Liam Broady. What I liked was at the

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start you could see he was coming

forward and taking the opportunity

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to get up the court and use his

volleying skills. He was very

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comfortable at the net today. That's

what he Davis Cup team under Leon

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Smith's leadership, they come out

with a definite game plan. Looking

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at the match on paper, you think if

both players do what they always

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did, there will be only one result.

So it's nice to see him do something

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different from the start.

That's all

you can ask as a captain, that the

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player goes out and embraces the

situation, because some get

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terrified by.

That's exactly the

word, embraced. You could see was

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enjoying the occasion from the

beginning. Looking at the stats at

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the end of the match, it was close

in winners and unforced errors. But

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on the big points, the Spaniard

looked shaky at many times, but at

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crunch points, when it came down to

it, he just played a little bit

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better than Liam Broady. But on a

Davis Cup debut, I thought Broady

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played as well as he can, and that's

all you can ask.

Sergi Bruguera

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didn't look happy even one his

player was winning. He has Bautista

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Agut on the sideline, ranked 11

places above, and not picked.

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Carreno Busta doesn't have the best

Davis Cup record, but neither does

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Ramos. This was Bruguera's first

match as captain. I have never seen

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anybody as animated as when his

player is winning. You wonder what

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he's actually saying. And then

suddenly at the changeover is he

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doesn't stop talking.

He has

experienced players on his team,

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when you look at who they have. He's

spoilt for choice.

He's spoilt for

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choice, but you can see from the

reaction in the first match coming

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is not afraid to say his opinions.

He was up two sets to love and a

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break, and he's almost saying, do it

this way and get on with it! It was

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great, I loved to see it. But an

interesting captain.

It'll be

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interesting to see what he says to

Roberto in the next match as he

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takes on 22-year-old Cameron Norrie,

making his Davis Cup debut. He has

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been talking to Lee Goodall.

It's a

great opportunity for me to play in

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Spain away on the clay. I couldn't

be more thankful for the

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opportunity. I am pumped to show the

world what I can do. I have been

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playing tennis for a while and

didn't think I would ever get to

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this stage in my career. If I can

look back on it and it is a success,

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then I couldn't be happier to be out

here in Spain. It'll be a tough ask

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but I think Broady and I are playing

well, so it would be a good

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competition.

You start with Roberto

Bautista Agut. You probably know

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more about him than he does about

you. can you expect?

He is

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experienced clay-court player, being

from Spain. It will be a tough

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match, very physical. I feel I can

back myself physically and mentally

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and just play it point by point, go

out and enjoy it and it will be a

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battle out there. Really looking

forward to it. It will be a good

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time.

STUDIO: I hope so. I think we

would call that an international

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accent, born in South Africa, raised

in New Zealand, coming over to the

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UK and he has placed college tennis

and based himself in Texas. Very

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well travelled.

Cameron Norrie is a

really good story. I removed the

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training alongside him at the

National Tennis Centre when he was

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younger and at 16 and 17 he was an

OK player, but you could tell he

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wasn't mature enough already for the

tour. He made the decision to go to

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the US and have an unbelievably

successful three years. Since coming

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out of that, he's a different

person, very professional. Leon

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Smith said in his interview that he

has a growth mindset, and he's

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taking everything like a proper job

from the start. He's still only 22

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and has all that experience behind

him, playing all that tennis. No

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matter what level you play at, if

you have won all those matches from

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the Challenge Tour last year, then

it works in your favour.

College

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tennis teaches you to can be a

competitor because a lot is expected

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of you.

The pressure on you in

college tennis, the crowds there are

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big and every point is vital. It's

back in vogue. I think John Isner

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was one of the ones who showed you

could be a college player and also

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carry it into being an international

player and I think we will see a lot

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more players going to American

colleges to play.

He's had a great

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last 12 months, winning challenges

all over the US, that breeds

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confidence.

He's now in a position

where he is just outside the top

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100. His next step is to push his

ranking a paid little bit further,

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and if he can get the foundation of

getting into the four Grand Slams so

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he gets an opportunity on bigger

stages on a regular basis. The Davis

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Cup match is just the start of

hopefully what would be more

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opportunities to come for him.

He

obviously loves the team environment

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so he will love this Davis Cup tie

as well. Jamie, you will be on your

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way to the commentary box. We can

join this second singles match. It's

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Cameron Norrie taking on Roberto

Bautista Agut, and it's the second

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game with Spain leading 1-0. Cameron

Norrie is serving and Jamie Jones

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Chris Bradnam. All yours, Chris. --

and Jamie joins Chris Bradnam.

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COMMENTATOR: Another point that

typifies the start of this match.

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Keenly contested, long rallies and a

deuce holed from Bautista Agut at

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the start of this match. Such a

studious player, very few unforced

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errors. He has won his last five

live singles rubbers for Spain. And

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Spain winning 27 of its last 28 ties

on clay.

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So far today, this man is the odd

one out, the only right-hander. Six

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foot two, Norrie, one metre 88.

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Bautista Agut, six foot, one metre

83.

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A positive error, though, looking to

boss the point. We saw a lot of that

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sort of play from Broady in the

opener.

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Nicely done, the classic leftie

play. The outswinger, approach down

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the line. And Norrie secures his

opening service game.

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Superb. The way he leaned on the

that.

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Superb. The way he leaned on the

that. , it's the first break point.

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Magnificent. Norrie. No wonder that

has put a spring in his step.

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Terrific start Jamie.

Great start. I

have noticed that the start of both

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of these matches today, I think the

Great Britain team have made a point

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of doing this with a smile on their

face, which these are high pressure

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situations, but actually, they are

amazingly privileged positions to be

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in, and when do we start playing

tennis? I don't think it is a

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coincidence he has embraced that and

started the match so well.

It is an

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interesting story, his, born in

South Africa, then moved to New

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Zealand, ended up in the States but

he started tennis at eight, on his

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front drive with a sawn-off squash

racket. His mother is Welsh, hence

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the British connection. He only

decided to fully concentrate on

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tennis at 15. He played squash,

rugby, many other sports, then the

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American college system, he really

did do well there.

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A lot of winning, he was the top

ranked college player.

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This another step up. But he started

brilliantly.

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He just looks so confident, this

22-year-old.

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His eyes are narrowing.

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It is very tense start from Bautista

Agut. Just trying to think, anyone

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would have a few nerves. I wonder

whether there is a slight

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underestimating of the opponents

perhaps. Not quite coming out on to

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the court with the right energy.

Yes.

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He would have done as much homework

as possible to find out about

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Cameron Norrie, playing him for the

first time. I think he probably has

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his full respect right now.

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It is is a good hold from love 30.

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Bear in minding he is not possibly

settled yet. For Cameron Norrie,

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Jamie, he started end of 15, he was

717 in the world, the following year

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276, last year he was 214. He won

two challenges, qualified, lost to

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Carreno-Busta. He lost in the Aussie

qualities and the first round of a

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challenger at Newport beach coming

in.

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But David cup can lift you.

I think

probably maybe the last six to eight

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weeks or so, his megahot streak of

winning matches is drying up a bit,

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he is back on to a built more of a

normal Ku. There was a time for

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three or four months where he was

getting to the final or winning

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every challenge, in good

tournaments. He has given himself

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the platform for the next seven

months or so to see if he can dip

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over the line to get into the draws

of the Grand Slams. It is a

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foundation to build from, isn't it.

Yes. It is a major step. To get

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directly in.

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directly in. Still just 22-year-old,

Norrie.

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Those points will be finishing.

Yes,

over the course of a best of five

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set match, we haven't seen many of

those yet.

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His seventh career title in Auckland

at the start of this year, Bautista

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Agut.

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He has used that play a lot already.

The lefty.

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Brilliant.

It is a versatile forehand.

Yes that

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was a clever shot. You could see

from the picture how far behind the

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baseline Bautista Agut had

retreated. To go for that short

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forehand, bounced on the service

line, there was no chance of him

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picking that up.

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How's that for a point?

Such good

play, really one to build your

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confidence. Shows you how many times

you have to win a point on clay as

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well. That should be worth three!

0:44:160:44:28

Such a good there, match player.

0:45:430:45:49

His attention to detail is amazing.

0:45:540:46:00

Thinker,

0:47:010:47:01

Made it! There will be a lot of

standing up if this continues.

Such

0:47:030:47:15

good point construction, a couple of

times Bautista Agut had great

0:47:150:47:22

defence, wiped his forehand at that

point. But Norrie going back to the

0:47:220:47:24

drawing board and doing what he has

to do win these points.

0:47:240:47:32

I see Bautista Agut has won seven

titles. Five have been on hard, one

0:47:320:47:37

clay, one grass, so he has won on

all surfaces but you would expect it

0:47:370:47:42

to be five on clay.

For a Spanish player yes, that is

0:47:420:47:47

the interesting thing about his game

style, actually.

0:47:470:47:53

Just love his approach, Norrie.

He's taking territory early on.

0:48:170:48:22

Just saying about Bautista Agut, you

might be able to see from watching

0:48:220:48:26

at home, he has quite a flat ball

trajectory, it is Norrie's shape of

0:48:260:48:31

his forehand, it is more of a clay

court shape than either of Bautista

0:48:310:48:36

Agut's shots.

0:48:360:48:44

Agut's shots. I'm not saying Norrie

is more comfortable on the clay,

0:48:440:48:47

what it does show is that Bautista

Agut is not your standard Spanish

0:48:470:48:51

player you would expect.

0:48:510:49:02

Not by much. He wants it checked, I

think.

0:49:290:49:36

But I think Leon Smith said it was

wide.

0:49:360:49:43

A classic clay courter would have

slid in, trying to pick that drop

0:50:240:50:28

shot up.

0:50:280:50:33

shot up. There's one.

He might have

something to say soon.

0:50:360:50:47

Stays in touch first set.

They have

such standard in denth. All five in

0:50:550:51:05

their squad, in the top 40, in the

world.

They could pick maybe or two

0:51:050:51:12

or three teams for Davis Cup.

It is

crazy, in a way it is is a good

0:51:120:51:16

problem for have, but probably the

biggest problem for the Captain is

0:51:160:51:20

actually who do you pick? When you

get it down four or five, out of

0:51:200:51:24

those, who do you actually put on

the court? Anyone you put on is a

0:51:240:51:28

good option. Interesting point in

the depth of Spanish tennis,

0:51:280:51:33

although they have been unbelievably

strong for a long time, the rise of

0:51:330:51:37

paddle tennis in Spain is causing

some serious grief in participation

0:51:370:51:42

numbers. It is fascinating things,

so paddle is going through the

0:51:420:51:47

process of being registered as an

official sport.

Wow. It is a great

0:51:470:51:51

game.

You go, I have seen it myself,

you go to a lot of clubs round Spain

0:51:510:51:56

now, and there is a paddle court

almost every were. It is great

0:51:560:52:01

exercise and an easier game to pick

up.

Interesting.

0:52:010:52:10

Super backdrop round the club. Nice

to see the sunshine too.

0:52:130:52:20

So new balls in play, Norrie, this

this eshlly initiative in the break,

0:52:200:52:25

leads 4-3.

-- early.

0:52:250:52:27

Great length.

0:52:430:52:48

Such good use of the whole court.

Two short angles from the forehand

0:53:190:53:23

in that point. Great thing about it

is, look at the margin for error,

0:53:230:53:29

this attacking forehand, it is miles

over the National Health Service.

0:53:290:53:35

-- net. He has just settled so well,

hasn't he.

0:53:350:53:49

Net.

0:53:590:54:00

Standing so far back now, Bautista

Agut.

0:54:380:54:47

It is almost like he is still

analysing Cameron Norrie.

0:54:470:55:01

First break point for him.

0:55:200:55:30

Ouch. Two doubles in the game.

First couple of loose points from

0:55:470:55:54

Norrie. It just shows you.

If you let your Congresses tracing

0:55:540:56:01

slip for just a split second. That

is all it takes against a player of

0:56:010:56:07

Bautista Agut's quality.

Concentration slip for just a split

0:56:070:56:16

second. That is all it takes against

a player of Bautista Agut's quality.

0:56:160:56:19

He only played one five set match in

his life. For Norrie, not yet won.

0:56:190:56:27

Great experience, getting this

opportunity.

0:56:270:56:34

Very different mind-set required.

0:56:440:56:51

He is warming to the task.

It is like he's just sat and watched

0:56:590:57:05

somebody else play tennis for half

an hour and, what has he done to

0:57:050:57:12

break back there?

0:57:120:57:23

Oh... So good.

Well that had one of

the best backhands from nori,

0:58:190:58:26

followed by this. This. It was a

shame because he turned the point

0:58:260:58:31

around.

0:58:310:58:35

Norrie,

0:58:440:58:44

Three games in a row. Pendulum

swings.

0:59:090:59:16

He has knocked on the top ten door,

you don't do that without being one

0:59:160:59:20

hell of a player. 13 in the world a

couple of years ago, he beat world

0:59:200:59:26

number one Novak Djokovic, in

Shanghai.

0:59:260:59:30

Just when you are following in the

sort of footsteps of Nadal, you

0:59:300:59:34

don't get ahead 06 yourself, do you,

you have do a lot to make an

0:59:340:59:39

imPresident-elect. It almost --

impression. It almost helps the

0:59:390:59:43

chasing pack.

A lot of country, the

career that this man has had up to

0:59:430:59:51

now, would be up in lights because

it is spectacular career, which it

0:59:510:59:56

is, and in the environment he is in

and he is travelling on the tour

0:59:561:00:01

with so many other Spanish players

and the culture within Spanish

1:00:011:00:04

tennis, what he is doing the normal.

Like you say because there is a

1:00:041:00:09

special adviser Nadal, it is not

that special.

No. How do you follow

1:00:091:00:14

Nadal? Graciously I suppose. Very

difficult.

1:00:141:00:23

difficult. So another test here for

Cameron Norrie. Started so well,

1:00:241:00:28

4-2. Lost the last three game, can

he gather himself to stay alive in

1:00:281:00:33

this opening set?

1:00:331:00:42

That court possession you mentioned,

Chris, of Bautista Agut, it means

1:01:041:01:08

Norrie isn't able to hit anything

through it. So every point he wins

1:01:081:01:13

he has to weave a bit of magic,

whether it's with an angle, but he

1:01:131:01:21

has to work at it.

And plenty of

that, I guess.

The serve followed by

1:01:211:01:26

the forehand.

They have been great

supporters. For whatever group and

1:01:261:01:37

opposition Great Britain have been

in, they have been there.

1:01:371:01:46

These doubles are going to be

costly.

1:01:521:02:04

I wonder if this is normal. In

matches for him, the double faults.

1:02:251:02:31

Whether it's nerves at this key

time. Literally gifted two set

1:02:311:02:37

points.

1:02:371:02:42

He doesn't need too much of an

invitation, Bautista Agut. Four

1:02:561:03:00

games in a row. 6-4, the opening

set. SUE BARKER: what a turnaround

1:03:001:03:07

in that set. Huge disappointment

with Cameron Norrie. We will be

1:03:071:03:10

right back to the match but while

they change ends we can look at the

1:03:101:03:14

other matches played around the

world. Reigning champions France

1:03:141:03:20

have no Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. They are

also resting Lucas Pouille from the

1:03:201:03:25

singles so it's Richard Gasquet and

Mannarino playing the singles today.

1:03:251:03:30

But Mannarino has dropped the first

set against the Netherlands. Italy

1:03:301:03:36

taking on Japan, Fabio Fognini

winning his match in five sets. One

1:03:361:03:43

of the new rules for this year,

tie-breaks in all five sets. We are

1:03:431:03:51

enjoying Great Britain against

Spain. Australia against Germany,

1:03:511:03:57

Sascha Zverev defeating the

Australian rising star. Winning a

1:03:571:04:04

tie-break 7-4.

1:04:041:04:09

tie-break 7-4. Nick Kyrgios winning

in straight sets over Jan Leonard

1:04:101:04:12

Struff.

1:04:121:04:17

Struff. No federal or Wawrinka for

Switzerland. -- know Federer.

1:04:181:04:27

Marin Cilic has elected not to play

in the singles today. Coric lost the

1:04:321:04:39

first set to Pospisil but is up in

the second, they are playing at in

1:04:391:04:44

Croatia. The United States against

Serbia, John Isner and Sam Querrey

1:04:441:04:48

for the United States against a very

youthful Serbian team. Last year's

1:04:481:04:52

runners-up Belgium are playing

Hungary. We will be back for the

1:04:521:04:57

doubles tomorrow on BBC Two at 1pm.

Plenty to look forward to right now.

1:04:571:05:02

Back to Chris and Jamie.

1:05:021:05:07

COMMENTATOR: 44 minute set. In no

way I think Bautista Agut might feel

1:05:071:05:13

he has pinched it. -- in a way, I

think.

1:05:131:05:29

Well done. Your thoughts, Jamie?

I'm

glad to see the way Norrie played

1:05:401:05:46

the first point. The reason for

losing the first set, it was nothing

1:05:461:05:50

to do with the way he was playing.

It wasn't a tactical problem. It was

1:05:501:05:56

execution at the end. Probably six

or seven loose points, three or four

1:05:561:06:01

of them double faults, and that's

enough against somebody like this to

1:06:011:06:05

lose a set. I think the way he's

mixing his game up and playing is

1:06:051:06:10

the way to win the match, for sure.

1:06:101:06:15

It's relentless from Bautista Agut,

isn't it? Point after point after

1:07:261:07:31

point.

You know he's not going to

give you anything. And if he does

1:07:311:07:38

give you an error, you really notice

it. You think, better make the most

1:07:381:07:41

of that one.

1:07:411:07:49

Five games in a row. The next one is

very important for Norrie. Can you

1:07:561:08:01

see anything technically that will

cause the double faults? Is he being

1:08:011:08:05

too aggressive and overplaying

because of the opponent?

I don't

1:08:051:08:10

think it's technical. Sometimes when

a player is standing as far back as

1:08:101:08:14

Bautista Agut is, visually on the

second serve it can sometimes lead

1:08:141:08:19

you to go for a bit too much. It

makes you feel you have to hit the

1:08:191:08:23

ball harder because you are trying

to instinctively beat somebody for

1:08:231:08:26

pace. Outside of that, he was

looking very secure up until the

1:08:261:08:33

last couple of service games.

1:08:331:08:41

Just went for the three quarters

serve because Bautista Agut will not

1:08:441:08:48

hurt him on the return from where he

stands.

1:08:481:08:54

stands. Look for the forehand,

effective the first set.

1:08:551:09:03

It's one of the most common

misjudgements, if you like, of less

1:09:161:09:21

experienced players against the top

players, the tendency to think you

1:09:211:09:25

have to overplay. It's not so much

overplaying, but it's having to

1:09:251:09:30

repeat and the consistency. Bautista

Agut is relentless, point after

1:09:301:09:33

point after point. I don't think

Norrie is overplaying, he just needs

1:09:331:09:40

to put a lid on some of the loose

errors.

1:09:401:09:44

12 unforced errors for Norrie. But

he's 11-6 up in winners.

1:10:571:11:10

Well worked over in that point.

Another break point for Spain.

1:11:451:11:59

At 4-2 for Norrie, it was looking

good. He hasn't won again since.

1:12:231:12:34

You watch a lot of tennis, Chris.

How much time do you spend talking

1:12:481:12:54

about momentum? It's amazing how

quickly it can change and it ebbs

1:12:541:12:57

and flows.

1:12:571:12:59

Yes, it's pretty overwhelming right

now.

1:13:051:13:09

He has only tasted defeat a couple

of times, Leon Smith, since he took

1:13:371:13:41

over in 2010.

1:13:411:13:50

Such a huge advantage when you grow

up on clay, isn't it? It's like

1:14:371:14:44

walking on the carpet at home.

1:14:441:14:52

I love the way all the ball boys and

girls are chasing after the ball.

1:14:591:15:10

Just wasn't making those errors in

the first half an hour or so, was

1:15:411:15:45

he?

1:15:451:15:48

Didn't slide into this drop shot.

1:16:361:16:42

Played so little on clay. Slid after

the shot, really.

1:16:451:16:57

Seven games in a row.

Bautista Agut

has set out his stall to be an

1:17:041:17:13

absolute brick wall.

1:17:131:17:19

absolute brick wall. Really, he has

let Norrie kind of beat himself up

1:17:191:17:21

to this point, really.

1:17:211:17:28

to this point, really.

It's a great

learning curve, either way. Norrie

1:17:281:17:31

has only really gone forwards in his

career and up the rankings. As you

1:17:311:17:36

alluded to earlier comment the next

step is a big step. But a player guy

1:17:361:17:40

like this, on this sort of

environment. And yes, it's on clay,

1:17:401:17:47

and Norrie is experienced, but what

a learning curve. I think Leon said

1:17:471:17:54

yesterday during a preview to the

match that win or lose, this is

1:17:541:18:00

experience for these players, Liam

and Cameron, it's so valuable and

1:18:001:18:06

it's so important to have the right

mindset. For example, the last 20 or

1:18:061:18:10

25 minutes of this match, if he is

able to have the right frame of mind

1:18:101:18:15

to look back at that, it will be

seriously valuable.

1:18:151:18:23

And this is what separates the good

players from the really great

1:18:321:18:35

players, the speed at which they

learn. The really great players will

1:18:351:18:38

be doing it during the match. They

won't be waiting until after they

1:18:381:18:42

have lost. But that's the scale, the

genius, of those brilliant players.

1:18:421:18:55

UMPIRE:

Let, first service.

1:18:561:19:07

Yeah, this is tough.

1:20:011:20:06

Another break point. Bautista Agut

is so settled in his game plan.

1:21:291:21:34

Norrie has just lost his way.

1:21:341:21:44

I was just about to say how

brilliant that was from Bautista

1:21:541:21:57

Agut. He just put his foot on the

gas slightly in those ground strokes

1:21:571:22:02

for the big point. Didn't expect him

to put that last one long.

1:22:021:22:13

Should have been playing a drop shot

from the first ball, Norrie, to stop

1:22:181:22:22

Bautista Agut standing back there.

1:22:221:22:26

Variety is never a bad thing. We can

see from that mis-hit forehand, it

1:22:491:22:55

forced Bautista Agut to come in. If

anything else, it gives a slightly

1:22:551:22:59

different look for the opponent.

That'll do. But it's so tough to do

1:22:591:23:05

consistently.

1:23:051:23:08

Back on the scoreboard having saved

two break points.

1:23:371:23:46

two break points.

Well done, Cameron

Norrie. That was a character

1:23:471:23:50

building game. Could easily have

folded and lost that little bit of

1:23:501:23:55

confidence. Only one break, still.

1:23:551:24:07

It's almost like he deliberately

extends the point at times.

It does

1:26:101:26:14

look like that, doesn't it? You

would rather get your heart rate up

1:26:141:26:22

to 185 instead of 180. It will help

me on the next point!

1:26:221:26:27

He got lucky on the return, but he

needs a bit of that right now.

1:26:551:27:07

We could see what he was trying to

do there, step back and give himself

1:27:541:27:58

some time and get a deep, heavy ball

in. Just slightly overcooked it.

1:27:581:28:06

Well played.

1:28:291:28:39

Good odds on the break points, he is

one from one.

1:28:481:28:53

And he does.

1:29:181:29:24

He just seemed to get some sort of

rhythm back on the tactic of keeping

1:29:301:29:34

the point short and try to get

forward when he can.

On those

1:29:341:29:38

points, it was like turning the

clock back an hour to the start of

1:29:381:29:42

the match. When he's dictating the

point, at the start his movement

1:29:421:29:48

really impressed me because he

wasn't staying in one position. If

1:29:481:29:51

there was a shorter ball he was

getting up to it quickly but wasn't

1:29:511:29:56

overplaying and coming forward and

using the touch he has around the

1:29:561:29:59

net. But when he's executing those

tactics, it doesn't look like he is

1:29:591:30:03

overplaying and he doesn't look out

of control. It's a question for him,

1:30:031:30:08

what actually happened in that 25-30

minute period that has been the most

1:30:081:30:14

important part of the match, because

that's the reason he is a set down.

1:30:141:30:19

He has plenty of game, it seems

Cameron Norrie. If Murray gets

1:30:251:30:32

himself back fit, Kyle Edmund,

plenty of matches ahead for him. The

1:30:321:30:36

future is looking pretty bright.

Plenty of experience here, Norrie

1:30:361:30:44

and Broady.

Lights if required. Sunset is 6.30

1:30:441:30:53

if my research is correct.

It is

another good debate, if the Davis

1:30:531:30:58

Cup matches are going to stay at

best point on the calendar, would

1:30:581:31:03

Kyle Edmund be on the court if it

was best of three sets?

And if it

1:31:031:31:08

was best of three sets for Grand

Slam tennis he probably would be

1:31:081:31:12

too, perish the thought.

1:31:121:31:17

We talked about that. It takes some

doing but that beat him all ends up.

1:31:521:32:00

He definitely cut that one. Played

it finder than he might imagine. The

1:32:001:32:06

principle of the tactic. Absolutely.

1:32:061:32:12

I hear your point about the fact he

is standing so deep Bautista Agut,

1:32:251:32:32

that it can disorientate you, but...

They must be hurting. Six.

1:32:321:32:43

That is brilliant from the Spaniard.

On the big points he is such a good

1:32:501:32:54

match player as you said earlier,

Chris. He knows when to just

1:32:541:32:59

increase that pressure on the

accelerator.

1:32:591:33:11

That is Bautista Agut at his very

very best.

1:33:461:33:52

Fourth round of all of the Grand

Slams this man. Surely a

1:34:031:34:07

quarterfinal is just round the

corner.

1:34:071:34:13

Such a good player.

I what is so

intimidating about him, it is

1:34:131:34:19

intimidating for me just to watch

it, let alone what it must be like

1:34:191:34:22

the other side of the net. He

genuinely looks like if he had to be

1:34:221:34:26

out there for 12 hours, doing that,

he could.

1:34:261:34:35

Quite a worrying thought, isn't it.

He may be a good poker player and

1:34:351:34:40

have a good Poker Face. I think he

could give it a good shot.

1:34:401:34:53

Poker face. I think he could give it

a good shot.

1:35:301:35:35

That is home advantage, you try to

pick the surface that is going to

1:35:351:35:39

unsettle your opponent position as

much as you can. It is the natural

1:35:391:35:44

choice for Spain any

1:35:441:35:54

way, but... Amazing to think this is

their first home tie since 2013.

I

1:35:581:36:02

know.

1:36:021:36:12

They must have a lot of home ties

coming up, no matter who they play,

1:36:151:36:20

you would think.

If you weren't with us earlier, how

1:36:201:36:30

it work, it is very simple. If Spain

play Great Britain again in Davis

1:36:301:36:39

Cup, say next year, it would be in

Great Britain, because they were

1:36:391:36:42

home this year.

If youed have never played a nation

1:36:421:36:46

before it is drawn by lot.

-- you have never played a nation

1:36:461:36:50

before it is drawn by lot.

5-2 now.

1:36:501:37:00

Very business like from Bautista

Agut.

1:37:001:37:06

Quite a bit to say the new Captain,

it would be fascinating to know what

1:37:161:37:21

he is saying. What a player he was

on the clay. Brutal.

1:37:211:37:26

He was a machine, wasn't he.

Captain, it would be

1:37:261:37:34

I remember that grip on his

forehand. I thought how does your

1:37:341:37:39

wrist allow that to happen?

It was

insane.

Not as extreme as if you

1:37:391:37:45

remember another player who used the

same grip, for forehand and backhand

1:37:451:37:50

and just switched the racket round

like a windscreen wiper.

It was

1:37:501:37:54

amazing. His arm was made of oak.

1:37:541:38:00

Keep it going. Fight, the key words

coming out again.

1:38:061:38:17

First live rubber win for

Ramos-Vinolas. It must be a good

1:38:171:38:20

feeling for him.

1:38:201:38:25

You should put your CV in for a

coach's job. This serve followed by

1:39:201:39:26

drop shots, it has some momentum.

I gave up coaching a long while ago!

1:39:261:39:41

Super hold though.

1:39:411:39:51

Norrie leans on that backhand return

very well. He likes to cut off a

1:40:401:40:46

diagonal movement but unfortunately

on the clay with the slower surface

1:40:461:40:49

he almost plays hymn out of

position, because of the speed of

1:40:491:40:52

the court. On a hard court that

would come through, put the opponent

1:40:521:40:57

under pressure but not so much on

this slow clay.

1:40:571:41:08

Think how limited his experience is

on the clay, I mean it is virtually

1:41:081:41:12

nothing.

He is actually doing pretty well.

He

1:41:121:41:16

has played some good tennis.

Keep mentioning that word

1:41:161:41:24

consistency but it's so true. Cut

out the depth and it would be a

1:41:241:41:28

different match.

1:41:281:41:33

It's in.

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Set point.

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As it was for Liam Broady, a huge

task. Bautista Agut takes a two sets

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to love lead.

SUE BARKER: It is very much

1:43:581:44:08

advantage Spain. They are 1-0 up in

this tie when Ramos-Vinolas put out

1:44:081:44:12

Liam Broady in straight set,

although it was a lot closer than

1:44:121:44:16

the score suggests and Broady had a

set point in the third set and

1:44:161:44:19

played very well indeed. So before

we rejoin this match, let us look

1:44:191:44:24

ahead to sport coming up here

1:44:241:44:25

we rejoin this match, let us look

ahead to sport coming up here on the

1:44:251:44:25

BBC. We have the Davis Cup

continuing live from marble Lea with

1:44:251:44:31

the doubles match. -- Marbella. It

continues with the other singles

1:44:311:44:39

matches on Monday.

BBC One tomorrow at noon, Football

1:44:391:44:47

Focus can Dan Walker, featuring an

interview with Maurecio Pochettino.

1:44:471:44:56

Followed by the Six Nations preview.

One of Britain's main medal hopes at

1:44:571:45:04

the winter Olympic is short track

speed skater Elise Christie. You can

1:45:041:45:13

see that on Sunday. The winter

Olympics gets under way on February

1:45:131:45:17

9th. We will be going back to this

match, and our coverage comes to an

1:45:171:45:24

end here on BBC Two at three.00. We

have 15 minutes or so before it will

1:45:241:45:29

continue on the Red Button. How can

the fans rejuvenate Cameron Norrie

1:45:291:45:34

getting back in to this match? Let

us rejoin Jamie and Chris.

1:45:341:45:39

getting back in to this match? Let

us rejoin Jamie and Chris.

1:45:391:45:40

It will be a tough task, that is for

sure for Cameron Norrie from here.

1:45:401:45:46

Five set experience, well, there is

none. He would love to experience it

1:45:461:45:50

today but they are in buoyant mood

now.

1:45:501:45:53

Spain looking to make it through to

the quarterfinals for the second

1:45:531:45:57

straight year, and just the second

time since 2012, I mean they haven't

1:45:571:46:02

had the likes of Nadal available all

the time. There is still that, the

1:46:021:46:07

question mark over the Davis Cup, I

guess, in terms of scheduling which

1:46:071:46:12

you touched on earlier it would be a

shame to lose the done, obviously,

1:46:121:46:16

because it is such a great school

for players.

1:46:161:46:21

But maybe a revamp just round the

corner.

It is like the entire tennis

1:46:211:46:27

world, tennis community, various

bodies, player, organisations, come

1:46:271:46:32

together and say, look, what can we

do to have an effectively a World

1:46:321:46:38

Championship competition, where we

have the best players in the sport,

1:46:381:46:41

showcasing the sport? That is, it

has to be the end goal.

1:46:411:46:47

Two top ten players competing in the

first round this weekend.

1:46:471:46:54

It is that start of movement and the

stumble. He is not sure how to move

1:47:131:47:17

into that drop shot.

1:47:171:47:20

Losing fractions of seconds here and

there, it makes a big difference.

1:47:231:47:32

If you don't feel comfortable. If

the ground beneath your you are not

1:47:531:47:58

comfortable on, it Mikes a huge

difference doesn't it.

Talk about

1:47:581:48:02

that at Wimbledon every year, the

movement is such a big factor.

1:48:021:48:15

There is no way in a point like that

that Bautista Agut is going to miss

1:48:591:49:04

the tennis court, for Norrie to win

that point, he needs to create

1:49:041:49:08

something.

He is a pepper grinder,

isn't he.

1:49:081:49:16

Just keeps building. On the lead.

Keeping on the pressure.

1:50:161:50:24

Total respect given to the opponents

as well.

1:50:331:50:37

He was, you think back to the start

of this match, he was just having a

1:50:371:50:41

look, what is Cameron Norrie going

to bring to the party?

It was almost

1:50:411:50:47

like he was too much energy going

down, he kind of forget about taking

1:50:471:50:54

care of his own side. Probably... I

mean if he was any more laid back at

1:50:541:50:58

the start he would have been lying

down, wouldn't he?

Yes.

1:50:581:51:11

Two sets, one love break in this

third set.

1:51:111:51:21

Nicely done.

1:51:211:51:26

It is the most comfortable he has

looked, chasing one of them.

1:51:371:51:50

Brilliant.

1:52:211:52:26

This is one of the first times I

think Norrie has taken the Spaniard

1:52:291:52:34

by surprise, he was totally moving

the wrong way there.

1:52:341:52:46

Interesting. No wonder the look down

the court from Norrie there. It was

1:52:531:53:00

gifted.

Everyone is thinking who was that

1:53:001:53:12

down the other end? Where did that

come from?

1:53:121:53:27

Six points in a row from nowhere.

1:53:591:54:05

Norrie missed out a couple of steps

around the ball there.

1:55:101:55:15

Felt like it was a bit of a bad

bounce. Certainly misjudged it.

1:55:151:55:29

That might have hit 2 line.

The

umpire straight out of his chair.

1:56:131:56:18

Yeah, you're right.

1:56:181:56:27

It's got to be the way.

Really well

worked point.

A lot of success when

1:56:521:57:01

he's had his feet inside either on

or inside the baseline and using his

1:57:011:57:06

forehand to quick Tait the play. --

dictate the play.

1:57:061:57:11

Well done. Two games in a row.

Norrie leads 3-1, third set.

1:57:411:57:48

SUE BARKER: Just to remind you we

end our coverage here on BBC to in a

1:57:481:57:52

couple of minutes but live coverage

of this match will continue on theed

1:57:521:57:56

are button and on the BBC sport

website but for the next minute or

1:57:561:57:59

so we will stay with it.

-- the Red Button.

1:57:591:58:10

Not sure what he was saying there,

Leon Smith.

1:58:111:58:21

Ain't inflammatory or something.

Just asking the doctor.

Gel or an

1:58:221:58:26

ain't inflammatory. I'm not sure.

-- anti-inflammatory.

1:58:261:58:38

First time I saw them do that was in

the final, I think it was of the

1:58:401:58:46

Davis Cup, g Ghent. There was a lot

of them there, there was a lot of

1:58:461:58:50

shoes in the air. Ain't

1:58:501:58:52

First time I saw them do that was in

the final, I think it was of the

1:58:521:58:55

Davis Cup, g Ghent. There was a lot

of them there, there was a lot of

1:58:551:58:59

shoes in the air. It was like

"What's going on here? "

They have

1:58:591:59:01

been great fun, great support, there

is no doubt. He is giving his all

1:59:011:59:04

here, Cameron Norrie on his debut,

Britain's number one, how does that

1:59:041:59:08

sound for him on this day.

Very proud day.

1:59:081:59:23

Third set.

1:59:231:59:30

SUE BARKER: I said we would have to

end our coverage here on BBC Two

1:59:461:59:50

now, you can continue to watch live

coverage of this match on the Red

1:59:501:59:54

Button and on the BBC sport website.

We will be back tomorrow, here on

1:59:541:59:58

BBC Two, at 1.00 for the doubles

match, featuring Jamie

1:59:582:00:03

Sue Barker presents coverage from the opening singles matches of the Davis Cup clash between Spain and Great Britain in Marbella. Australian Open hero Kyle Edmund leads the charge for Great Britain against a Spanish team who, though lacking Rafael Nadal, still boast some of the world's best clay-court players.

With commentary by Chris Bradnam, John Lloyd and Jamie Baker.


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