Sue Barker presents coverage from the final day of the Davis Cup World Group match between Spain and Great Britain. With commentary by Chris Bradnam, John Lloyd and Jamie Baker.
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Welcome to the final day of
competition in this Davis Cup tie
between Great Britain and Spain.
After a disappointing loss in the
doubles yesterday Spain have the
advantage. The League 2-1, just one
win away from a place in the
quarterfinals. Britain must win
boast single matches today to make
it through. There is still
speculation Kyle Edmund might come
in on the fifth match is a decider
but for that to happen we need
another inspired performance from
What a way to get the break. Cameron
Norrie will serve for set three.
Great Britain have just taken the
first set of the weekend. Terrific
Made it!. Is that the shot of the
match? He's got the double break in
the fourth set. Would you believe
it? Cameron Norrie has taken Roberto
there have been plenty of points in
this match and this may be the
biggest so far. Norrie with the
double break. Two match points. Has
there ever been a better debut win
in Davis Cup than that? Star has
born Emma beer.
He was the hero on Friday, can he
cause another huge upset today
against a player ranked 21 in the
world, Alberto Ramos-Vinolas?
We are concentrating on Norrie
against Ramos-Vinolas. It's another
big match for Cameron but he proved
so much to us including himself on
Nobody was expecting him to
come through and win let alone from
two set and a break down. It is
another massive match him, how often
do we see it in the big events like
the Grand Slams you have an underdog
producing a massive win and you
think can they come back the next
day or two days later and back it
up? It is like today to produce
another one that would be an even
bigger result than Friday I think.
I'd might guess but he thrives in
team competition which stems from
his time in US college tennis.
Exactly, it's a lot of pressure but
nothing like the Davis Cup. He went
out there and embraced the occasion
and from being 2-0 down and a break
I am still in shock you wonderful
the match and I think the whole team
and the whole tennis world is. One
of the most impressed results ever.
What was said was will we get a
reaction today? We had a day off,
then the phone calls and the text
messages, it would've been Leon
Smith's job to say great but there
is another match and 24 hours so
The way in which he
played, the manner, he has to
remember how he played those last
three sets because it was such
He mentioned he
focused on getting on top of the
ball and using his forehand. That is
one of the things I was most
impressed about. He was not lulled
into playing his opponent 's game,
he played his own game and got on
top of the lefty forehand and build
but he staggered into the backhand
side. What will be, he does not have
the same advantage to swing the ball
out because it will be going to
Ramos-Vinolas's forehand. When he
came forward he won so many points
from the net so he will want to use
Ramos-Vinolas won it was not that
dominant performance in beating Liam
No, I thought Liam Broady
played very well even if he didn't
win. He ended up not taking a break
points he had and then he had set
point in the tie-breaker so he could
have won two sets and I thought
Ramos was very tight and his captain
was even more nervous than he was! I
am fascinated by this because we
don't know, there is so much
pressure on the Spaniard as well, he
is supposed to win by everyone.
Everything was bothering him, the
tension of his racket, he did not
feel comfortable out there.
Speculation about Kyle Edmund, he
was out practising yesterday and
Liam Smith had denied practising
again today. Going through a fair
old work-out. We are confident if
needed he will step up -- Leon Smith
had him out practising again today.
He is trying to get him as close as
he can to match fitness, we don't
know if Norrie is being put in
because Kyle is not fit enough, or
if it's a tactical sense to think we
need to win the two matches, you
would think the best chance is with
Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie, not
Kyle Edmund and Liam Broady.
changes, if Kyle Edmund came in, all
the pressure would be an Liam Broady
so his only option was to play at
I think if Norrie pulls
off another upset we will have
changes on both sides.
I think Kyle
will play, I do not think they would
put Bautista Agut after his
performance. I think he's gone. It
will be interesting to what happens.
He just has to get off to a good
start doesn't he?
He started very
well on Friday, for two up then he
lost his momentum and I think I
mentioned on the day you could see
the belief disappearing in front of
your eyes then he managed to get
that back. He will want to start the
match in the exact same way.
Interestingly looks quite cold this
morning so conditions will be a bit
more slow. We don't know how both
players are going to react. Ramos
was very inconsistent. Although we
saw what Cameron can do on Friday he
is still an unknown player for his
opponent so we will have to spend
time figuring out, what he can do,
how can counter what Cameron Norrie
Ramos-Vinolas will not
take this lightly having seen what
Cameron is capable of. He played way
above his ranking.
That is what you
talk about the Davis Cup, players
playing above the ranking and below
the ranking and Cameron lost the
occasion. I liked how he kept saying
to Leon Smith about his physicality
because I think Leon
to Leon Smith about his physicality
because I think Leon, you get
concerned, he's never played five
sets, but he said physically I feel
I am better than my opponent so he
has the confidence which is great to
see. He loved the occasion so I
don't think the physicality will be
a problem. He can stay out there all
He plays lots of matches
on the challenger circuit, it's hard
graft when you are that far down the
You mentioned it
before Friday, he won a lot of
tennis matches at the end of last
year and although they are
challenger, not the main tour, he is
still beating players between 200
and 100 and will have been some top
100 players in that tournament as
well. It will be interesting to see
how Ramos comes out because the
Spanish reaction yesterday to what
happened on Friday fantastic I
thought. The doubles, potentially
50-50 but they got a bit of a fright
on Friday and I think having the
experience of low pay is on the
court made a difference so I expect
Ramos to be razor sharp -- the
experience of having Lopez on the
Very different styles between
the captains. Leon so supportive,
Sergi Bruguera, his first time as
captain and he got quite animated
you have a captain who has been as
great a player as Sergi Bruguera
they find it hard to relate to
somebody missing shots because they
did not miss any. You have to be
careful you don't give too much
information. When you have young
players out you tend to talk more
and when you have experienced
players you talk less. I thought
Sergi Bruguera was going the
opposite way. It will be interesting
to see if he can sit down.
learn a lot from the first few
games. Thank you, that is the match
we are looking forward to, can
Cameron Norrie do it again?
COMMENTATOR: Very chilly conditions.
COMMENTATOR: Very chilly conditions.
Bit of a breeze and quite a lot of
cloud over the mountains. What a
stunning backdrop and then uses. --
and venue this is.
Two lefties, the first meeting
between the two.
The president of the ITF on the
Break point straightaway for Spain.
The forehand is such a weapon.
Certainly developing into one.
Did not do enough on the ball, you
could see it just sitting there.
Plenty of time, look at the
When you look at these points and
you get the cold weather it makes
conditions even slower and this
clay-court is slow already without
these weather conditions so putting
the ball away here there is going to
be a lot of working of the legs in
Norrie's journey on Friday for hours
one minute. Ramos-Vinolas a couple
of hours. A big difference.
but the way Cameron Norrie played it
it was like he was just going out
for a match in the park. The last
three sets it was like, physically,
no problem. Looked like he could
have played another two sets on that
The last three sets
three, two and two.
Served nine double faults on Friday
which was a bit of an issue.
Third break point of the game.
The perfect start for Spain.
He's not got that much experience
himself in Davis Cup, Ramos-Vinolas.
Won in straight sets on Friday but
did not play the sort of tennis
which has seen them get to number 21
in the world. This is still a big
day and occasion for him.
closing out the Davis Cup match,
there is no more attention in the
tennis player 's career than Davis
Cup. I think it's up there with
Grand Slams. It's something
different, you don't want to let
down your team-mates are your
country. It's so big. If you can
play well in Davis Cup you can play
well anywhere and that is why it was
so impressive with Cameron Norrie
because it shows he's a big occasion
player and relished what was in
front of him. That's just great for
the future. Not a good start here
but we did not have a good start on
the first day either and it didn't
make a difference so certainly no
need to panic. Very early days.
Are looking to boss as Leon Smith
told him to do on Friday.
forehand to forehand battle, lefty
to lefty, that be interesting.
Came into the net so well on Friday
again, that has to be part of his
He will certainly try
but the conditions look so heavy,
you can see in these rallies so far
he's not had many shots that he
could come in at the moment. It's
early days at the moment but good
length from the Spaniard so far.
Will not see many of those from him
either. Ramos-Vinolas, you're not
coming up against a feared server so
if you are down a break you almost
have a hit on almost every serve but
then he serves the ace just to show
I don't know what I'm talking about.
Three aces against Broady.
not a lot.
Seems to be a lot more top dressing
on the court today. Just to slow it
down even more. Home advantage and
The groundskeeper smacked
out last night at midnight and dump
the whole lorry-load. They wouldn't
do a thing like that, would they?
That's good tennis.
Beat Andy Murray when he was world
number one in Monte Carlo last year.
That is the calibre of the man.
It is interesting, just looking at
this match again, very early days
but Ramos-Vinolas, we talk about
Cameron Norrie and what the win did
for him but I think the win against
Liam Broady did a lot for him as
well because even though he should
have won the match it was a live
Davis Cup rubber and he did not play
well but he got through it. Ready to
me he looks sharper in his first two
games. Looks more authoritative.
More confident. His captain giving
him a nod, did not see many of those
in the first match until about match
As you mentioned it is tough backing
up such a great win, even with a day
off, it is never easy. Not to have a
That is magnificent. What a shot.
Cannot get that backspin drop shot
Already trying to
change it up, Norrie.
there and this one here, to drop
shot like that of the no peace shot,
look at the side spin, beautiful
That's a rare mistake but you're
right about Cameron Norrie backing
it up, it's almost, I am sure Leon
when he saw him in the locker room
said enjoy this for about an hour
then switch off. The match is over.
Was he looking to serve and volley
It was a good serve, I will
tell you that much. This is a big
game for him.
This is a fantastic start from
He is playing well
isn't he? Looks very sharp.
Almost hit the Sorbus -- service
line and Norrie surprised by it,
Just magnificent. He is showing
everybody here why he is number 21
in the world.
In the first match did
not sure that to be honest. It was a
very edgy looking match and he just
got the get out, to get it through,
the won ugly to use that term. But
today, now you will see him, you see
why he has had the wins he has had.
He is looking very difficult, at the
moment, early doors, but where is
Cameron Norrie going to penetrate
and get the winners?
We saw on
Friday what a quick learner he was
and it's his first time ever as a
pro player on a clay court, the way
he learnt and changed things up,
it's big puzzle today.
I think one
thing right away is on the ground
strokes when he does get pushed
back, as soon as he hits the ball
hug the baseline. We have already
seen two drop shots which are being
won and that's a tactic the Spanish
players are going to use. You can
always go backwards and hit the ball
and come back forwards again so you
are ready for the drop shot. That's
one thing right away to look at. But
at the moment he's just not missing.
It is a cold day today, 12 Celsius,
just 53 Fahrenheit.
The locals did
their homework on the weather
In the first match, I
don't remember the sliced backhand
being so good. So far he's used that
shot very well, a lot of bite on
Was that in?
They both love their forehands.
length on that one.
Hiding the baseline there, trying to
take away the time from
Ramos-Vinolas, still think he has to
Trying everything. It is impossible
to play any better than this.
started off so well. It is amazing
what a winning does to you. His body
language is different. On the first
day he looked timid, even though he
was winning, he never looked
comfortable. Today there is a spring
in his step. An authority about him
that looks pretty impressive.
The land. Didn't see that on Friday.
Is it possible to start a match too
well sometimes, especially three out
Not really. As long as you
don't think about it and think, I am
Then it is easy now
for Norrie to overplay.
Again, in the first match, he lost
the first two sets and down a break,
but certainly didn't panic. In his
short career, you can say he has
He turned professional
Interesting, at the start
of the match on Friday, his little
experience on clay, Norrie wasn't
sliding into the drop shots. But by
the end of the match, he was. It is
such a learning curve, this surface.
He was hitting winners of both wings
on Friday. Encouraging to see one
That is brilliant. That really was.
The slice, it really took off from
his racket. I thought it was going
to be so low, almost need a wedge to
get this one up. But he got
underneath there and whipped it
crosscourt. Excellent shot. Well
done. On the scoreboard, Norrie.
Something for them to cheer about.
We had some strong clues with Norrie
with his college career, as we
talked about. He went to the Texas
Christian University, the top ranked
college player, the first time the
university had had that order of
merit. He went a season undefeated.
Then he didn't play the NCAA last
time because he wanted to turn pro.
But to 114 in the world. To do it
back quite, very good signs.
impressive and to come through the
college system in The States have
the year he had, the calibre of
tennis is very good. The pressure on
those matches they play every day,
is extreme and then go in the
futures and challengers. There are
good players on that circuit and to
break through as quickly as he has,
it is very impressive and then to
make his Davis Cup debut and treat
it like, this is what I have been
born to do and I am going to enjoy
the occasion. It is such a good
sign. Such a good sign.
This is a
huge test today. Great Britain have
to win both the reverse singles, to
win the tie. Sometimes that can just
release you. And Ramos-Vinolas,
knowing they just need one from two
can make you a bit tight. But far
from it. Been very impressive for 25
minutes so far.
It caught the line.
I think he
thought it was going wide when he
went soon hit it, he didn't get set.
His length at the moment, the
Spanish player is pinning Norrie
back. Back from the baseline, over
and over again. He did well to hang
in there in that rally.
Nicely done. From all areas of the
court. They are in a good mood.
Victory in the doubles yesterday,
setting Spain up nicely.
So accurate. It is very difficult at
the moment for Norrie to get ahead
in the rallies. He is having to
defend all the time.
Just two, double faults in his match
That is one area where he
will have to take a few chances on,
his second serve. He took that nice
and early on the backhand and got
ahead in the rally.
ahead in the rally.
He is two from
six on his second serve,
That is a very, very good break of
First serve percentage from
Norrie at the moment is under 50%.
It is hurting him. But he is back in
this opening set. The remembrance of
Friday, from all who witnessed it.
The Spanish camp will be more than
aware of that, it carries a bit of
It certainly does. It is
like, here he comes.
That is a little ambitious.
He is really getting back into this.
If he can hold here.
I think we have
an interesting set.
Ramos-Vinolas, has other ideas.
Another break point.
He breaks again, Ramos-Vinolas. Has
got the first set again by the
scruff of the neck.
He is giving him
too many looks at his second serve
at the moment. The first serve
percentage has got to get up. At
3030, two second service,
Ramos-Vinolas hit two second serve
and then right away got into an
attacking position and forced the
errors. On the clay court you have
to be at least in the 60%.
still under 50% and that will not
get the job done. Not with the way
this man is playing today and
Ramos-Vinolas is getting 70% of his
first serves in. He was
quarterfinalist at the French couple
of years ago, so a typical clay
court player. It is going to be very
tough. He will be very tough to
beat. Very tough.
What a player he was on clay. Twice
the French champion in 93 and 94
I am sure in his mind, he will be
thinking because he was so good on
clay. New balls the Ramos-Vinolas.
Serving for the opening set at 5-2.
The winner came from out of the
blue. He has got that ability.
Played well in the doubles
yesterday, Jamie Murray.
Thrill for him to partner his
younger brother, Andy.
It is the length he is hitting, the
forehand. Pushing back Norrie all
the time, not giving him any time to
I thought that was pretty close.
Two set points now.
Interesting change-up in that rally.
Couple of forehands from Norrie
where he took the pace of, with a
lot of spin, got it nice and deep.
Wow. Two double faults in the last
three points. From nowhere. He has
looked so secure, serving for the
He is trying everything, Norrie.
Tried to change the pace up again in
He has got a lot of
plans up his sleeve. I am sure they
talked about that at the last
changeover, I would think.
Beautifully done. No way was he
missing that drop shot.
missing that drop shot.
to hit the drop shot. His opponent
is deep and he is inside the court
when he hit it.
Would you believe it?
that one coming.
He is what many
players would call, Norrie, a real
tennis player. He has got such a
good tennis brain.
He has, adapting
all the time.
First set looked gone.
And then the hiccup from
Ramos-Vinolas. But I think the
hiccup is caused by what he achieved
It certainly helped.
It would be an interesting service
game at 5-4. He should beat up a set
and a break, the way he has
dominated. But it is not over yet.
What a change-up. Beautiful
Look at the smiles now.
There is the change-up. High and
deep and then he pounces. He has got
him rattled. At the start of this
match, Ramos-Vinolas was in his own
zone. Now he is preoccupied with
what is coming at him from the other
Hit the net twice. Has been a
Spanish net this weekend.
It has. It
has. Although they say it evens out,
but that is a load of nonsense.
He made such a good
one, previous point, but from that
position he had the whole court to
go for the big forehand.
What was that? What a point.
That is the best point of the tie,
let alone this match. Exhausting
point and then to finish with that
shot. Incredible. Outstanding.
shot. Incredible. Outstanding. That
is a bit of respect.
Fabulous hold. Would not want to be
Ramos-Vinolas right now.
Now we have
got an interesting game coming up.
Totally out of the set,
Ramos-Vinolas showing everyone why
he has done what he has done and why
he is where he is yet this man
refuses to give up thinking about
how to make things happen.
outclassed at the beginning but what
is so impressive is that he's got
plan B and plan C. He can change it
up which is so important. He's not a
1-piece player. He's changed his
game. You can see how hard he is
breathing, he was not run around
like this in the first match even
though it was four hours. These are
punishing rallies. But he's doing so
well, what a we to hang in there.
This is very exciting for British
I cannot wait to see this
He is a rookie! What a
Both doing the Rafa Nadal thing,
sprinting. They said 0% chance of
rain today but that looks pretty
ominous. So what now?
ominous. So what now? 40-15 up in
his last service game then it got
unbelievably tight, serving for the
set again Ramos-Vinolas.
What must he be thinking, who is
Yeah, I should be upset
and a break. Look at the look.
Funny bounce, has it caught the
The umpire is a bit slow.
Has to go
to the exact mark. He's now looking
up and down the line, he doesn't
have the lying the exact mark.
think it's that one, maybe that one.
This is what the umpires have got to
do, then maybe get the line judge
up. To get the right mark.
know why he hesitated so long.
way his eyes when he did not know
which mark it was.
He didn't know
which one it was.
The ball did take
a funny sort of hop like it caught
That is what it looked
It's a long gap now if he has
to hit a second serve.
He does have
to do, cannot change it now.
The umpire cannot possibly change it
if he does not know the correct
mark, he has to go with the
That is one for the umpire I think.
Very accurate on the forehand side.
Nothing wrong with that tactic. Just
pulled it wide, but he took it
early. Two feet inside the baseline.
Oh my goodness!
What a volley! Are
That had site spin and
was going back towards the net.
thought he was done, what a volley.
Seriously? What is your ranking?
It's another lifeline.
That is brilliant play. That was a
fabulous rally from both players.
What a lob that was from
Ramos-Vinolas. I thought he was out
of the point.
of the point.
This has turned into
such a great set of tennis.
Did well in the end.
Did very well
in the end.
I'm not quite sure Leon can believe
what he is seeing either.
suppressing a smile the whole time.
Turning around as if to say I knew
he had that in him. Practice is one
thing but this is a whole different
story in the match.
He's only gone and broken back
remarkable. And how important this
opening set bearing in mind he was
on court for four hours and one
minute, Ramos-Vinolas two and a half
hours on Friday.
This is an
hour-long and it is only 5-5. I hope
his legs are in good shape because
if this continues like this it could
continue for five hours if the
tennis they have played like this,
it's exhausting watching it.
It's not the same as playing,
training. He's done it in one match
in his professional career and it
was only two days ago, again a half
ago, whatever. At some stage of this
goes long you would think that will
catch up to him but maybe not? Maybe
he is bionic?
Here we go now.
This is good, taking
Such a huge effort to get
back to 5-5.
Yes, taking his time,
not rushing. Visualising what he's
going to do.
It is that length again.
more break points.
11 games, seven breaks.
Ramos-Vinolas will have another
chance to serve out the first set.
You have to admire him as well in
this case because he must have been
shell-shocked after losing the lead
that he had and then coming in, OK
he had some help from Cameron Norrie
in the first couple of points but
still he played a very good service
game to break. Couple of immaculate
What a set.
It is amazing, and
conversations on both side of the
net, so much to talk about.
It's an amazing atmosphere. And the
tennis has inspired it. The
occasion, Davis Cup, but the tennis
they are producing, it is a party.
It's fantastic. The quality, Cameron
Norrie, it is amazing how far he has
So pleased he's got a Welsh
What this time?
Don't ask me!
Tie-breaker would be a fitting end
to the set wouldn't it? What drama
that would be. Anyway, long way to
Third time, Ramos-Vinolas
serving for this opening set.
A couple of tight points there. That
was the middle of the net, that
Doesn't feel that they have had that
many unforced errors.
Just a fraction late getting to the
Amazing, he's really not had to do
that much to get to 15-40 in this
game. As tight as one of those
got it. Tie-break it is. Norrie
deserves nothing less. Eight breaks
of serve in this set.
Decelerated on that second serve.
This happened after
he broke back the last time, lost it
a little bit, in terms of focus.
Not been a good front runner
in this set so far!
Really well done.
When he first went to hit the volley
I thought he was going to drift wide
but perfect control.
He is back with
He certainly is.
He certainly is. Hasn't
come to the net very often but
hasn't been able to.
Oh my goodness! He made that look so
easy! He circled stroke away.
ridiculous winners in that set and
that was one of them. Looked like he
was out. Brilliant forehand. What a
If Ramos-Vinolas is not
thinking now how can I win this set?
Keys at the back and never thought
that was coming at him in a million
He was half looking to see if Norrie
was coming in again, he's been
bamboozled here! Norrie is in front.
A look of shock.
I thought he was going to make that
What set of tennis.
It's an our own 12 minutes. -- it is
an hour and 12 minutes.
Just overcooked that forehand.
Three more set points.
Never knows when he is beaten.
That's a rare short ball that he had
the chance to attack, the length
from Ramos-Vinolas has been so good
but that one just leaned into it, to
Fourth set point.
A Titanic set of tennis comes to an
end, and and our and a quarter. --
one hour and a quarter.
Ramos-Vinolas comes away with it,
Spain are one setup. STUDIO: The
Spanish team with the huge sigh of
relief, they know how dangerous
Cameron Norrie is but he is still
very much in this match. We will be
right back with it but we can update
you with what is happening in the
world group. France leading 2-1
after winning the doubles in four
sets yesterday. What a thrill of
this was between Italy and Japan.
Having to save break and match
point, Fognini winning in five sets,
the toughest Davis Cup match he has
ever played he said. The winner of
this match will face Germany as they
beat Australia overnight with Zverev
defeating Nick Krygios in straight
sets. Krygios complaining of an arm
injury. Kazakhstan through, winning
the doubles to defeat Switzerland
3-0, dead robber today. Croatia 2-1
up against Canada.
The United States have wrapped up
victory against Serbia, winning the
doubles in four sets to win 3-0 and
Hungary, this young team winning the
doubles in five sets to keep the tie
allied against Belgium. 2-1 up
against last year 's runners-up.
That is what is happening in the
world group. Let's go back to the
match and see what Cameron Norrie
can do in the second set. Jamie
Bakker joining Chris Bradman for
this one. COMMENTATOR: Yes, what the
set of tennis we have witnessed.
It's such a great sport. I was
watching the last half hour, 45
minutes of that with the biggest
smile on my face.
How important that
Spain won the opening set?
massive, for all of Cameron Norrie's
amazing play, the big picture of
trying to win the match, would it
have been better to have lost the
set 6-2, I don't know. Time will
The smiles are getting wider. 2-1
up, set up. Norrie over four hours
on court on Friday. It's looking
good for the whole nation.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Of all the tactics we saw in that
first set from Norrie, and there
were a number, Jamie, what was his
best plan of action here?
It was the variety of all of them,
so impressive. We haven't seen him
come forward as much today as we did
on Friday. A lot of that is
specifically due to the tactics of
Well played. Keeps momentum.
4-0 in that first set, possibly what
was most impressive about it was
that he was going toe to toe with
Ramos from the baseline. And coming
off, you know, on top of a lot of
those rallies, it was incredible to
watch. Whatever the outcome of this
particular match, seeing Cameron
Norrie performing like this is
unbelievably exciting for British
tennis, with Kyle Edmund doing what
he's doing, Norrie looks like a
player that is going to go from
strength to strength and improve his
ranking. He looks like a player who
is going to play better than his
normal level in David cup matches.
-- Davis Cup matches. And then
there's Andy Murray. He's not bad,
There's a freedom about
Ramos-Vinolas right now. He's been
released, almost, winning that first
It does look like the start of
the first set against. He came out
with that razor sharp focus, as I
expected. He will be unbelievably
relieved to have won that first set.
Ramos-Vinolas is convinced that it
out. The umpire has already called
the score. And now he's changed his
Real purpose. Interesting to see how
much he maintains that.
That part of
his game has been so impressive.
He's making it look easy. But on a
clay court, it isn't easy to
recognise every time you have the
opportunity, but also not to do too
much with it.
Superb hold from 0-30. Simona Halep,
in the Australian Open this year,
her coach has been working hard with
her to get the right mindset. He
walked out on her after Miami last
year because it wasn't happening,
she begged him to come back and she
is trying to win this elusive first
Grand Slam title. In one of her
interviews, for the first time I've
heard her say publicly, I understand
now, it's not about winning and
losing. Cameron Norrie just gives
you that overwhelming feeling of
exactly that. It is, how are you
going to get there? Every step of
I have watched is a lot of Simona
Halep play in the last three months.
There is a big difference in the way
she approaches things. Of course,
it's silly to say and individual
athlete in a sport as competitive as
tennis that they are not completely
immersed with winning and losing.
They are, of course, they want to
win. But it is understanding a
bigger picture to give youth a
better chance of winning. -- you the
For many of you at home, I'm sure
you're watching Cameron Norrie for
the very first time this weekend.
Most of us are.
One of two Spanish cup Dave --
Spanish Davis Cup winning sides.
2-1 lead. -- the lead.
This really has helped Ramos-Vinolas
this weekend. He is coming of age.
But these sorts of experiences, they
can take you to a completely
Definitely. I think
his performance and also Bautista
Agut's performance on Friday, a lot
of that was to do with a little bit
of complacency. It really looked as
if, well Mike Hookem blame them,
nobody really gave the British team
a shot, and certainly they didn't
think the matches would be this
competitive, let alone losing one of
the singles matches. He has found
himself in a few challenging
positions, as he did in the first
set against Liam Broady on Friday.
But what looked like in the first,
what was it, 15-20 minutes of this
match when he came out, he really
looked like the top 20 player that
he has been an pretty much is just
now. He thought this was going to be
a walk in the park, and it
Novak Djokovic and
Serbia won cup for the first time.
He put a lot of the credit
boundaries individual success to
that firm. What it did for the
nation. It is an amazing
competition. However they want to
tweak it, long may it continue.
New balls. 1-2.
0-30 again for Norrie. As in the
last service game.
He keeps hitting Norrie, the now
lasts. He just won't go down. --
It's another really good hold.
Norrie seems to have this really
valuable ability to shake off
disappointment very, very quickly.
You know, he doesn't dwell on any
setbacks. And I do think that comes
from this love of the game, love of
the fight. He comes on the court
accepting that he's going to hit
some bad shots, he is going to lose
some points, but it's like he's
saying, I'm fine with it, I'm ready
for the next point.
The serve is out. He's saying, the
point is over, you can't look at it
now. Leon Smith agrees with that.
Superb tennis. One of the worst
feelings to get drop shot mob.
A lot of success looking to come
forward together now.
He looks like
he's got a world forehand. It's a
really cultured shot. He can take
the pace off, hit it heavily high
over the net, give the opponent a
different look, he can also step in
and flatten it out, do some damage.
The serve was very close.
Mirrors that heavy, higher
forehand, just causing Ramos-Vinolas
so many problems. Getting it up I
want some might -- high on his
backhand. The drop shot didn't have
to be that good, his opponent was so
far out of position.
He hasn't gone
away, has he?
And again, it's rattling
Ramos-Vinolas. You can feel the
resistance. Some double faults in
the last three points, not for the
first time in the match. It's a
Norrie breaks. Finau last 40-15 up
in that game. -- Vinolas 40-15 up.
We talk about choice of shot a lot
in tennis, probably more so on a
clay court, how tricky that is. I
guess, Jamie, with his mindset, if
he's going to start thinking about
coming forward, it changes
everything in terms of choice of
I was looking for that right
at the start of the match, he
started on Friday coming" a lot and
we didn't see much of it at all for
the first half an hour or so. Part
of that was probably to do
of that was probably to do with the
quality of Ramos's play. But you're
right. What I'm loving about
watching Norrie play, not only his
energy, you can see in between
points, he's nodding to himself, his
head is full of positive thoughts.
But the variety in his game, he's
absolutely happy to go toe to toe
from the baseline. But as we have
seen and at as you quite rightly
say, if he wants to put his foot on
the gas and take control of the
match, he can do that. His skills
around the net are fantastic from
what we have seen so far.
muscle in on us, I suppose he's just
got to keep doing what he's doing,
but he's also got a counterpoint to
the tactic too, hasn't he?
interesting, he certainly looks like
a more one-dimensional player.
Obviously we know that his best is
top 20 in the world. He has the Sean
Lee in his own head thing, if he
placed a is best, it's going to do
some damage -- he has too fiercely
in his own head. It's going to do
some damage to beat Norrie. The way
he's playing, it actually might not
He tried to come in
Here he comes. It is going to be in
trusting, we've seen Norrie play all
of his best tennis when he's been
behind in the scoreboard. -- it is
going to be interesting. He did a
brilliant job and really put his
foot on the gas. But here is another
opportunity. He doesn't want to drop
his intensity just because he's
ahead on the scoreboard. What must
this man by thinking?!
It's the fifth of those. He served
nine on Friday.
nine on Friday. First serve's in. He
has improved on it from the start of
the match, Norrie.
It's a brilliant point from both
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Such an important point, and didn't
he play well?!
A massive, massive
momentum opportunity lost from 40-0
up in this game.
No smash is easy on a clay court.
It's just a great finish to the
game. And that smash is pretty much
the first one he's hit in nearly two
I know. I was thinking at
that 40-30 point, that great rally
from Ramos-Vinolas, classic clay
court point. And thinking, this guy
in your picture is the second
professional match on clay! I don't
think we've ever seen anyone look so
comfortable after such a short space
of time, it's incredible.
This guy was basically born on a
I think Nadal in only
his ninth professional match on a
grass court made the final at
That is also amazing.
Amazing how this match is starting
to turn around.
The Spaniard didn't really look like
he knew what to do that. -- Blair.
You can't blame him.
So clever! Because that wasn't a
drop shot, that was very smartly
bringing his opponent in. Look at
the shape of that forehand. Somebody
used to playing on a hard court
would hit that flat. Wonderful to
watch. Two more break points.
It's four game in a row! The
tactical switch, amazing. The
execution, even better.
execution, even better. Again, we
are witnessing something pretty
extraordinary from Cameron Norrie.
Four Leon Smith, he almost has not
much to say. I mean, he's absolutely
in the zone. Physically, everybody's
asking, OK, he played a lot of
tennis on Friday, that was a brutal
set to lose. There was a little bit
of a Lawell for maybe five minutes
at the start of that second set, but
Ramos-Vinolas was unable to get a
lead. And look at him now. I mean,
he's... Physically is one thing, but
mentally he is absolutely looking
the stronger of the two players so
far, even though Ramos won that
first set, he is looking the more
fragile on the big points, in my
Amazing. So much to talk
about. If you want to get involved,
hashtag BBC tennis. Facebook, of
course, don't forget that.
One hour and 48 minutes. Cameron
Norrie serving forced at number two.
-- for set number two.
You know, Chris, you're right what
you said a minute ago in terms of
what Ramos needs to do. If you look
at the way the match has gone,
although he did win the first set,
Norrie has been the better player
for quite some time now. If you're
thinking from 4-0 down.
It's not like he's having a purple
patch or a few minutes, this is well
over an hour when he has been the
He has two set points.
An hour and 50 minutes they all
stand together as one. Cameron
Norrie has levelled the match. It
Just an astounding effort.
after that first set everyone would
have been thinking the momentum was
with the higher ranked player,
physically what does Norrie have
left in the tank but not an issue in
that sector really. A bit of a lull
in the first couple of games and
from their Cameron Norrie taking
control I would say tactically the
one thing he's done is he has
probably upped his offensiveness by
about 10%, you have seen him come
up, it's a little subtle thing.
We've talked about how happy he has
been to trade, but when he's had the
chance to get onto a slightly
shorter ball, not necessarily coming
into the net every time but moving
up by a metre or so makes the
opponent think OK, is he coming in
or not? Is he just taking a bit of
time away? The one thing about
Ramos's game I noticed in the first
set is although he started well when
Norrie did take time away and hit a
slightly bigger ground stroke is
feel on the defensive shots was not
quite there. He was still
inconsistent. He was still hit into
the fence with a few forehands. From
Norrie's point of view keep doing
what you are doing, he must us to
feel what is going on and say is my
opponent going to do something
differently? Because otherwise there
is no need to change anything.
be interesting to hear what Sergi
Bruguera had to say to
Ramos-Vinolas. John Lloyd coming in
for the third set.
Good start from Ramos-Vinolas, John
Lloyd, what are your thoughts so
Well, Cameron Norrie continues
to amaze everybody I think. Amazes
the Spanish team. I think the
respect, watch the players in the
box early on at 4-0 in the first set
they were smiling and looking out,
maybe he's a one match wonder but
suddenly there are faces have
started to change. As I think the
captains did as well as his
opponent. Cameron Norrie is here to
stay. That second set, what ever
happens in the match, was a measure
of how far he has learned. Oh he is
able to soak up and adapt and change
and that's a big test. It's
extraordinary what he's doing here.
Keep wondering if the legs will go
at some stage, the physicality, the
mental... The mental pressure. He's
not been in this position before but
so far he still fresh. He's enjoying
this match, he's enjoying the
challenge, he's enjoying trying to
find out different ways to impose
himself on his opponent. It's such a
pleasure because the captain cannot
do it for you. The coach can do it
for you. You have to do it yourself,
you can talk about it but used to
execute and that is what he has been
doing so well.
For a Sergi Bruguera,
the Spanish captain, when someone is
changing the tactics as much as
Norrie is what will he be saying to
his man, play your own game?
he will. I think as good a player as
Ramos-Vinolas is, he's a bit one
paced. He doesn't seem to have much
plan B. Cannot come in much, or he
doesn't like to.
I'm sure he'll be telling him to
keep link. Use the drop shot a bit.
Impose yourself. Just been these
lapses from the Spaniard. A lot of
it because of the way Cameron Norrie
has played but there have been a few
patches, we saw that in his first
match as well. He would make
mistakes in bunches, a couple of
errant shots in a row, don't give
anything away, smother your opponent
and keep the pressure on.
Lee Charles there, former British
top ten player.
top ten player. One of the coaches
at Queen's, skiving off work!
Another break point, four from six
So well done, made it really
awkward, that volley.
like Cameron Norrie's point with a
very good approach point. He's
getting the fuel of him a little,
knowing he was going to come in the,
which was the right tactic,
excellent chipped back and made the
volley very difficult indeed.
Leaving think break-up now, but you
still don't feel that in this match.
Neither of the servers are big
weapons which is the one thing,
you're going to get hits on Oliver
serves almost all of the time.
Has already been 11 breaks of serve
in the match.
Exactly, you don't see
that often in men's tennis.
That shot on the last point, the
Spanish crowd walk up after the
first day, it's like the expected
this to be an easy match, on the
first day it did not sound like we
were in Spain at all. But now from
the doubles yesterday and today we
have got a real atmosphere.
Just gone off the boil here are
Norrie, for the first time in some
Big come on from the Brit. Trying to
drag himself back to full focus.
Commanding lead, third set.
extraordinary how the matches so
topsy-turvy, you get a period of
play where Norrie is dominating. It
looks like the ball is coming faster
off his racket, taking time away
from his opponent then it flips the
other way. Now it feels like
Ramos-Vinolas is now dominating more
with the speed of shocked. Maybe
Norrie 's legs, the sharpness, just
a split second late on ball, making
a few mistakes. Can he rebound?
Normally would say no, someone with
the experience he has not had.
has gone into his seventh hour this
Exactly. Going to places he
has never been to. But he seems to
have such resilience. I'm still not
going to count him out yet. Still a
long way to go.
8000 seater. Fully engaged.
should be, what a match this is.
Noreen needs the whole year.
You tend to hear things, lose your
focus and other things filter in.
When you're in the zone and the ball
is coming off your bracket
beautifully you don't hear anything.
Leon Smith sensing he needs an
energy boost, to get charged up
again. He's gone a bit flat, Norrie.
Still got the confidence to do that.
I cannot remember a bad volley he
has hit in this tie. I'm not saying
he has won every point when he's
come in but his technique looks
That was sort of sloppy, caught off
We are almost where we were
back at the start of the first set.
Just his second ace.
That's a good hold isn't it? Two
excellent service, a couple of
sloppy shots in that game but once
again he finds away.
point, the way he looked around and
took a huge deep breath, just
You would think he would want to
stand still for a minute!
Shorter on that return. Telling
himself to go forwards.
himself to go forwards. Surrendering
a bit too much of the court at the
25 winners to 16 for Norrie.
Two chances to get the break back.
Two forehands in this game that he
has sort of snatched the ball.
Almost at the comfort of a double
break but he didn't, very slender,
the way he serves he doesn't get
many free points and now he's back
in trouble again.
Set up nicely there as well. Had a
chance to take charge of the
forehand. Just pulled off it a
little bit. Is there an element of
doubt because of how Ramos-Vinolas
has made him had tough volleys when
he comes in?
Possibly, just didn't
quite get his balance right.
Great anticipation. Wrong
shot from the Spaniard.
Still have to anticipate that, got
to take fairly, that is what Norrie
did. Excellent work.
Back on serve, third set.
There is no doubt he has been
battling himself and his focus,
Norrie, but somehow still manages to
drag himself back in.
So many of
these battles he has had to fight
against in this match. A bad opening
start where he was down, he could
have doubted himself there but he
didn't, he came back. Got through
the second set and the third set the
same situation. Looking a bit
fatigued. Looking like his opponent
was going to run away with the set
and it comes back again. It
surprises everybody I think, maybe
even himself. I don't know. He seems
Looking at the
benches we've not seen a lot of the
players there for a while which is a
point you made to me coming back
into the commentary box.
We are all
in the locker room at the moment!
Double bluff. Broady, Edmund. Let's
get to this match first.
Back on serve in the third set.
He has ring to the mark, saying that
shot was long, does he agree? He
Wants to know by how much.
May be looking for the out: there.
Just clipped the line didn't it? Who
would be a captain?
Really well done. So cool now.
Norrie read both of those passing
shots. Unfortunately it sets up.
It really is.
Some of the chances he is missed. He
was so far out. Past the tramlines.
Boy did he built that one away for
Finding his first serve when he
really needs it. Another really good
sign. Good 60% first serves and it
was barely 40% at the start.
The best player on the court
yesterday in the doubles, Feliciano
He was so good.
A few chances in that rally with a
forehand to open up the court.
Wimbledon champion last year. Their
future is bright.
The 13th break of serve in the
match, the sixth for Albert
Ramos-Vinolas. He is ahead again.
Just slapped at a few forehands. It
was like he wanted to end the
pointer bit quicker. I don't know if
that is a sign of fatigue. Not
pulling the trigger on the right
shots. Just going for it a little
bit too much in the rally earlier
When he first changed the
tactic, Cameron Norrie, you would
have come in on the second of those
forehands. He is definitely weary
now, isn't he?
It seems like that.
He seems to get this second wind
when he just moves better than ever.
But he is looking a little bit
tired, no doubt about it.
If that is right, in this third set,
match that Great Britain has got to
win of course, this third set is
You would think so, by all
logic, but there has not been much
He has broken seven times, Norrie.
Errors now. Piling up.
Just calm it down, just a little
bit. Don't get negative, you have
still got to be aggressive, but just
pulling the trigger a little bit too
The winners are 26-17 to the Brit.
How did he win that point?
could be massive.
could be massive.
Staring at two
break points down there. That
tremendous lob got him out of
trouble. No right to win that point,
The animated people behind!
So good. These are two huge points
now. He has played two amazing
points, hasn't he?
It has got to be the way, hasn't it?
If he gets past, two tougher
volleys, then too good.
he took it on, but you can only
attack when the ball is in a certain
area and he has been pushed back
pretty deep in the last few games.
Close, very close. There are lots of
marks there now. I think it has been
conceded by Ramos-Vinolas. This
point will be replayed.
Nicely done. I thought the ball was
wide in that rally. But it was
called good. A well
called good. A well worked point
from Vinolas. You don't see him
coming to the net too often but that
was a good one to attack on, a solid
What was that?
A bad bounce? It
wasn't that bad, was it?
think so either!
options and he picked the wrong one?
Not the time. Not the time for poor
points in a row.
His seventh double
fault. Another lifeline.
It is wide! Norrie has broken again!
Incredible. He has got this in
eighth ability to put almost, it
seems, anything and everything
behind him. The easiest thing to say
in the world, one point at a time,
and Rafa talks about that endlessly
even on this surface, but it implies
that. What happened in that one
It was a huge game. It is huge
but you have got to give Norrie huge
credit here, fantastic. But
reversing it, to Vinolas, he then
had a chance. Someone of his
ranking, normally when they get a
player on the ropes, that is when
they close. Whenever you seems to
get into a winning position, he
blinks and hesitates. He served a
double fault and he missed an easy
forehand. That is what this is those
uprising. I am sure that is what the
Spanish captain must be thinking.
You have got this man on the ropes
and you have got too close and you
are not doing it. All credit to the
Brit, obviously, and it is amazing
the way he keeps fighting back, but
for a player of his ability, Vinolas
has just not played well when he has
been up. It is almost like he needs
a double break for security every
time. Every time he gets up a break,
you don't think the set is over. We
talk about locker room respect, and
what Norrie achieved on Friday must
be in the Spaniard's had going
It must be.
It must be.
think nothing can hurt me and I can
come back whenever I need to. His
faith in himself is extraordinary.
It is not logical what he is doing.
It continues. 3-4, third set.
is a fascinating set.
It wasn't the best approach shot
there. Got away with it.
Oh! I thought when that lob went
over that it was the end of the
point. 30-15. So did the captain. He
thought this point was in the bag.
He jumped too soon and he hit the
ball late. It got behind him.
He worked for it so hard, the right
ball to come in offer well
-- off a well constructive point.
What do time for that! Swinging
away, just clipped the edge of the
line. A bonus.
Again, totally dominated by Norrie.
He was down 15-30 and he played two
sloppy boys in a row, and we thought
he had got sloppy and he would lose
the break. Then he just bounces
back. He has done this so often in
the two matches that he has played.
It is staggering.
He just refuses to
Just a constant
Pressure back to the Spaniard.
Two forehand errors in a row. Huge
point coming up here.
That was a pity. A good length
With the errors so far, they are
both feeling it.
Again you would
think the Spaniard would play with
the wins that he has had... But this
is Davis Cup different type of
Another very makeable return. This
game has been pretty poor from both
I think he has just dragged it wide.
Norrie thought he had made
it when he hit it.
it when he hit it.
5-4, Spain. A
relieved captain there. That was a
shaky game at times but he got the
job done somehow.
It is a gruelling match.
need some more of that stuff,
whatever it is.
He is hard at work
again, Sergei Bruguera. He doesn't
give his player time to have a
What, no drink?
I wonder how
much Vinolas is listening or taking
He is making a response now. OK.
We have seen a player blossom this
weekend in Cameron Norrie,
absolutely no doubt about it. What a
performance. Incredible. And serving
to stay in set three.
I didn't tell you to do that,
forehand out and the return. On the
I can't believe he won that point.
How did that go in?
I don't know.
Those shot. This one. -- bizarre
That is impressive. Love hold.
I thought that was going to be a
long, tight game and he won easily.
He just marches around the court.
Such a tempo.
Fantastic game. Now
the pressure switches big time.
He must be dizzy, walking round in
circles. Wondering how he is keeping
ongoing. He has never done this
before, not even remotely!
before, not even remotely! He has
done it in his mind, I guess. He has
visualised this occasion. Shaking
hands as the winner.
He has got him!
This is ridiculous.
That lob comes up and you think Boyd
over, but he doesn't think so. He is
getting the crowd going now. We are
playing away, by the way! Look at
the faces. People can't believe it.
I think the neutrals and even some
of the Spanish supporters are
admiring him for what he is doing.
How on earth did he win that point?
What a pity that was. So much time
on that one. There was no speed on
that serve whatsoever. Too many
-- fourth ace.
I thought for a second that was
going out. A lot of top-spin on it.
It's dropped quickly inside the
What a match this is turning out to
be, we were keen to come off air on
BBC Two but we are staying with it,
so for now we are staying alive to
continue enjoying this tussle.
It is extraordinary, I
have never seen a captain and player
talk this much between games.
other times when your captain that
you thought you would wait and see
if your player said anything?
would depend on who the player was.
The younger players, you feel like
you need to engage them almost all
the time because they don't have the
experience. But the likes of Andy
Murray and Tim Henman, you don't
have to say much. Greg is its key
would say it for himself, he did not
had to say much to him! It's the
difference. But Sergi Bruguera, he
finds the way to go about it is to
talk to both of his players who are
opening top 20 and he keeps on
saying stuff. Different styles I
They are Spain without Rafa
Nadal. We are Great Britain without
Andy Murray. We talked about the
greater depth in Spanish tennis but
he is still an experienced himself
and he has a chance to take Spain to
the quarterfinals. Getting over the
line is not going to be easy.
He was overall bit defence there I
thought, the Spaniard. Short
forehand. Did not do much on the
passing shot attempt.
That is nine points in a row from
Missed it. That almost went in slow
motion, the end of that point. Hit
the line didn't it?
I thought so,
but there is a mark there.
cannot challenge now, even get me to
look at it. He's not going to move
from his seat.
You how to stop it,
if it is out it is out.
He is saying
he had to look down, he was
preparing to hit the shots. But 40-0
Another love hold. Hasn't lost a
point on serve since been 15-30 down
and 3-4. We have another tie-break.
As if there was not
You would normally see
in this situation that Cameron
Norrie has to win this third set
just because of the logic of the
five sets but there is no logic with
East Alex Price
Obviously it's a crucial
tie-break but whoever wins it, you
don't feel like it's the end of the
match by any means.
Cannot fault Cameron Norrie on this
point. That was just too good.
So good. So precise.
He read that
drop volley very quickly.
This one, he was already moving. Not
easy. Low ball, passing from that
position, considering how important
that point was. Superb.
that point was. Superb.
Went 2-1 up
in the first set in the break then
lost three points in a row.
Just got his feet tangled.
Quite a few mounds of clay, a few
dodgy bounces at the back end of
such a long set.
He's done it. It's like these
mini-breaks mean nothing.
Was it out? Was it out? It is all
kicking off year! I don't know what
Sergi Bruguera problem was, Cameron
Norrie just wanted to get on with
it. It's in!
Have to replay the point.
Have to replay the point.
overruled call. It's his fault.
if there wasn't enough to contend
Gone into a fourth hour. First serve
What a point. What a point from both
players. This is fantastic tennis.
Ramos-Vinolas, the way he improvised
with the backhand slice, to get that
ball down. He has dealt with Norrie
coming forward with outstandingly
well. Had to hit that hard, if you
have thwarted that at all, it's all
going off now. Can you send somebody
to the standing tennis?
very high. It means so much.
Fantastic atmosphere, I love this.
He's got to come back for the
umpteenth time, Norrie.
Would you be surprised if he did?
He thought he was going to have
an easy job this weekend!
What a return of serve he had there
as well. That is what he plays the
points for, to get himself set up to
finish with a forehand. That is
His demeanour is so good. He just
looks so calm.
One double length, dealing with
that, not easy.
He made it look easy
and it was not. At 4-4 in the
tie-breaker, low ball like that,
hitting it two inches from the
baseline. It's a privilege to watch
this match. The drama, it is
He has got a dilemma, do I go in or
First shot he had a chance to
go in and he hesitated.
go in and he hesitated.
A pat on the
back for Ramos-Vinolas for that.
was not going to miss that.
Spain are one sick away from the
quarterfinals of the Davis Cup.
Ramos-Vinolas wins his second
tie-break of the match. Spain lead
2-1. STUDIO: This is the first
singles match on this final day of
this tie in Spain. We were just
wondering who would play the last
match, it may be irrelevant if Spain
can get one more set but what a
fight this is, what an incredible
match both players are playing.
Looks like they may be leaving the
court which might give us some time
but that is the match as it stands.
Still all to play for in this match
and if I can talk to the guys in the
commentary box first of all about
this guy, he is under such extreme
pressure playing a player ranked a
in the world, and inspired opponent
and he held his nerve well on the
What an incredible
third set, the tie-breaker. I am
just amazed by Cameron Norrie, how
well he has played. You have to give
credit to Ramos-Vinolas, there were
times he would so tight but somehow
he got through. What is set. Now can
Cameron Norrie come back again?
Normally would say no chance, he is
done, with the lack of experience he
has, but he still looks fresh. Every
time he is surprising, every set,
you still think he's in the match.
It is wonderful to
sit here and applaud the pride and
passion and spirit he plays in these
matches, everything you want.
at many times he has changed the way
he's played in the match tactically,
when he's been in trouble, he has
altered it. It is not one paced. You
think for the future, how far can
you go up the rankings? Will this be
his favourite surface? Can he play
like this and other services? He can
at lower levels but now you look at
him and think where can he go? I
think he can go very high. This is a
man who knows what he wants and
believes in himself and there is
variety in his game. It is not in
any way one paced. If he can improve
his serve a little bit and make it
more of a weapon why not? He can go
all the way.
Talking of weapons, he
can do anything with the forehand
and the wide forehand he gets angles
people cannot get.
forget about his backhand because
his forehand is so good. But some
tremendous backhand is particularly
down the line. This short backswing
he has. Tactically he's been so
good, good to drop shot. And the
volley has been excellent. He's not
come in the net all the time, but
when he has I think he's been
immaculate in that area as well. He
is quick and physically what a
specimen he is. First Davis Cup
match, played a four our match, he
is now into the fourth hour and
still looks fresh. It's the best
Davis Cup debut I've ever seen in a
And he is not out of this. The
points system in tennis is
brilliant. There cannot be many
points between these players, just a
couple towards the end of the
tie-break but he's right in this
Certainly, you could see the
relief on the face of Sergi Bruguera
when he won the point because that
third was beyond belief. He knows
his player is tight and he had to
get over the line at 2-1, now he's
got a little breathing space but you
can see how animated he still is.
He's going to get himself in trouble
if he is not careful here.
hand back to say we are staying with
the tennis here on BBC Two so sit
back and enjoy this one with us.
COMMENTATOR: And to think Cameron
Norrie only started concentrating on
playing tennis at the age of 15.
Just making his point very firmly,
Sergi Bruguera. Jamie Baker has come
in for the fourth set, amazing what
we are seeing, whatever next. Can
Cameron Norrie keep going?
The evidence we have seen over the
last few matches he's played suggest
he's not going to go away. Mentally
he's not going anywhere. Unless his
body packs up and he hits the wall
he will be right back in this match.
Tactically? It's a bit of a dilemma
how much to go in, whether he can go
in because the Spaniard has dealt
with it brilliantly of late.
that tactic worked well in the last
match and has worked well in this
match as well but as you rightly
say, Ramos-Vinolas has come up with
a bit of an answer to it recently.
I thought Ramos-Vinolas should all
of his experience in the
tie-breaker, he locked down and said
I'm not going to miss the court. Not
trying to do too much with the ball
so you did not see any of those wild
forehand is we have seen at
different times in the match. He
just did not make a mistake in the
tie-break. Now serve and volley. He
has the answer for. First time I
have seen him smile. In the match.
That is just stunning. No angle.
That return was bang up the middle
of the court.
Early break third set.
searching for it again.
I will just go back to hitting
winners from the baseline then!
have to be very relaxed to be able
to unleash shots like that. Very
noticed Cameron Norrie was stuck a
little bit further behind the
baseline and he normally has been.
Add to cover a lot of ground to get
to that ball.
That's another one which finds the
line. How cool was that?
looked out, every single way, until
Ramos cannot believe it.
Must have been outside of the line.
Not one sign yet, no wonder the
smile again, that Norrie is
struggling physically. We now he
backs himself physically but did he
think he could back himself this
Third break point in the game.
It is wide. Spain get the early
break in the fourth set.
break in the fourth set.
not the ideal start for Cameron
Norrie however it's happened in the
first set. And the third set. Did
not have a massive bearing on how
those sets ended up. How many times
can you keep coming back and keep
digging in and finding something a
Straight round, Norrie. No chat with
Lee Smith. -- Leon Smith.
We are staying alive with the tennis
on BBC Two.
on BBC Two. -- staying live.
There is a calmness about Vinolas
right now which is worrying from the
Is he holding his leg? Stunning.
Free-flowing now, Ramos-Vinolas.
Love hold to back up the break. ET
finally breaking the Norrie
resistance? He wants the crowd to
add their weight. Sensing the moment
It has taken three hours and 22
I suppose that is the one piece of
criticism that you could throw at
Ramos-Vinolas. As brilliant as
Norrie has been, he has had the
opportunities, really in every
single set, to really hammer home
the lead. For whatever reason,
whether it is because Norrie is
playing well or lost points from
him, he hasn't managed to do that.
The last eight points,
We have learned to say never say
never with Norrie but surely this is
a must win service game.
He is really going for it now.
racket head speed on that backhand
in that game, we haven't seen that
on the backhand side in the whole
match. The sign of a confidence that
he has got in his leads now.
he has got in his leads now.
can withstand this,
can withstand this, Norrie, then...
Applauded by Ramos-Vinolas and
There was some extra meat on those
forehands by Ramos-Vinolas as well.
He did so well to state in that
point let alone hit the winner at
the end of it.
Just a fantastic hold. His opponent
threw everything at him.
That could unsettle you. He has been
broken a number of times in the
match. We have talked about that.
All the breaks we have had in this
match, one break is absolutely
nothing, is it? He was definitely
getting a hint of the knockout punch
in that game, Norrie. A fantastic
hold and some great tennis in there.
He has had so much to say! Trying to
get his man over the line.
about his left hand and he doesn't
even play left-handed!
venue and atmosphere. It has been
quite chilly but everybody warmed up
by the efforts.
by the efforts. 2-1 insects and
games, -- in sets and games,
Ramos-Vinolas trying to secure the
win for Spain.
He has had a lot of success stepping
in and making Ramos-Vinolas feel
like his second serve is not doing
enough and just overcooking that
Two love service game is in a row.
Tightening the screw.
Two dead rubbers. He lost two live
rubbers in his Davis Cup career.
Huge moment for Ramos-Vinolas.
He would love the double break.
That higher, heavy forehand to
Ramos-Vinolas's backhand worked well
again, but probably not the right
shot for Norrie to attack. The ball
was a little bit deeper.
Two insurance points for Spain.
He has got it! Impossible for Norrie
to have given more. How much does he
have left? This comeback would be
the comeback of all comebacks. 4-1
down. Double break, fourth set.
it is hard to see any way back from
here, really. I think Ramos-Vinolas
hasn't done much differently in this
set. He has just maintained his
level, as we thought he would do. It
feels like Norrie's intensity just
dropped slightly. I am sure
physically he is feeling it
slightly, but I think probably the
mental strain of being in this
position for the first time and
having done what he did on Friday,
it is absolutely normal. And it only
takes a few percent to drop, and he
makes a couple of errors, and that
makes the difference.
In a way, he
will still make the headlines.
Everything we have seen from him
this weekend. We are going to see an
awful lot more of Cameron Norrie in
the future as well.
When we saw that
he was making his debut this
weekend, nobody could have imagined
the quality of his tennis,
forgetting about the heart of the
Davis Cup. The quality of his tennis
has been unbelievably exciting for
what might be coming in the future
And in this match.
Playing with total freedom now. It
has taken so long to get to this
stage. He is very, very impressive
Not sure if this serve-volley is go
to tactic for Ramos-Vinolas.
a sign of overconfidence?
How many times have we seen him use
that play over the last few matches?
He really has come forward so well.
Still keeps coming.
Sticking to his
game plan, doing all the right
How proud he must be.
That is just fabulous.
He has hit a
couple of those backhand slices
which have just been absolutely
knifed down the line, over the net
from a very defensive position. Very
hard for the net player to do
anything with that.
Still saying come on!
He asks this serve it out question
It would have been very
easy for that to drift away in that
game. I have said before that his
intensity probably dropped a little,
but he has kept on going. Coming
forward again. Three out of the four
points that he won in that game have
been at the net and that tactic has
worked really well.
Four hours and one minute. His debut
on Friday. A phenomenal comeback win
from two sets down against a
world-class player on a surface he
grew up on. Cameron Norrie has grown
into play this weekend. Quite
literally. -- grown into
clay. How much left?
Serving for the tie, Ramos-Vinolas,
after three hours and 41 minutes.
What a great position to be in as a
Spanish player. High pressure
situation like this. Looking across
your bench and having a reassuring
nod from so many world-class players
who have been there, done that, you
respect them, they are run your
side. It must feel great.
Only last two points on serve this
set. -- only lost two points.
set. -- only lost two points. Third
tie for Spain.
He holds to love to secure the tie
win. What a proud moment for Albert
Ramos-Vinolas. For the first time he
has led his country to win. They are
through to the quarterfinals. For
Cameron Norrie, such pride for his
efforts as well. In the end, it just
wasn't enough today.
wasn't enough today. A magnificent
match. A magnificent effort from
Thanks to Chris. As Ramos-Vinolas
celebrates and Norrie goes around
the team, everybody is patting him
on the back. John Lloyd, it has been
a terrific effort from Norrie but
Ramos-Vinolas kept his nerve on the
big points and that is not the big
Just outside the top 20.
He has been there, done it and
played in the big event and he came
through when he needed to. That
tie-breaker in the third was the
crucial period. He stepped up his
game right when he needed to. It was
a tremendous match. Cameron Norrie,
what a performance. His performance
today was brilliant as well. To go
up against a world-class players
like he has done with no experience,
and just to embrace this occasion
like he has in the Davis Cup, it is
quite extraordinary. We have another
player coming up now who will be
tremendous. And what a back up, if
he is going to be a backer, at some
stage you knows what he can be? He
just makes the Davis Cup team so
much stronger. Why can't he played
very good singles on any surface?
Following his progress over the past
few years, you will know he is
coming up, and exciting talent. I
never imagined he would come out and
play like that on his Davis Cup
debut, never playing on clay courts
in a professional tournament before,
and just to come out on such a big
occasion with pressure on his
shoulders, it just bodes well for
It does. He loves the
big occasion and there is nothing
bigger than what he has just played.
Davis Cup, your debut, to go out and
not be timid, to go for it, the
strength and physicality he had in
that first match, to come back and
beat a world-class player as he did,
and almost win this match. This
match was close, and it could have
A staggering performance
and one of the most impressive
debuts of all time. Absolutely. That
is the result. Spain go through to
face Germany in the quarterfinals.
Such a good effort from both single
players. Liam Broady played
extremely well in the opening match.
Wonderful from Norrie. It all bodes
well for the future. Kyle Edmund
will come back and Andy Murray will
be fit again and Dan Evans could be
back in the team as well. It is
I would say so. If he
can get the full team out, what the
team. If he can get Andy Murray and
Kyle Edmund back, it is right there.
Now we have the backer, a five-man
team. Doubles, we could win the
Davis Cup multiple times.
everybody commits to playing. Jamie,
watching that match, he just played
so well. The manner in which he
embraced the whole situation, he
looked at home.
From the moment he
walked out on Friday, and that is
something he told that with the team
and Leon Smith, he had a smile on
his face from the first ball. The
quality of his tennis was one thing
and you can talk about that by
itself. It was fantastic. But I
think that stems from the attitude.
You could tell that he absolutely
loves the occasion and the energy.
He loved being the front man of the
team that everybody behind him. His
ability to recover from setbacks,
things that really went wrong, he
didn't carry any baggage. It was not
like he was having a mental lull.
That is a unique skill. For somebody
who has not been in many big
situations like that, do not think
maybe that is the only chance I will
get, for his head not to drop, that
is really exciting for the future,
and mentality like that.
That is not
something you can teach. It is
something deep inside you.
a good team around them and very
good captain that you have got to
still believe it. They can say what
they like but if you don't take it
in and believe in yourself, the
first crisis point, you can go into
yourself. When he started off, he
was down early on in the match on
the first day. Down two sets to love
and a break and absolutely no panic
whatsoever. Again you can have
everybody telling you not to panic,
but you do, most people, especially
on your debut. But he came out with
It was extraordinary.
The way he was mixing it up, he was
thinking as the match progressed,
throwing junk shots into his
opponent, not just looking at the
same game all the time.
That is the
other thing. If you are determined
and you have the right believe, that
is one thing, but if you don't have
the quality in the tennis that will
only get you so far. The quality of
his tennis, I know somebody just
outside the top 100 is a very good
tennis player and we all understand
that, but what he was able to do on
a clay court for the first time,
just like you said. His variety,
coming into the net, so successful.
It feel around the net for somebody
who does not come across as a net
player really, it was fantastic and
his forehand could be world-class.
He could come in and put a bit of
pace on it.
pace on it.
Very exciting. Tactical
brain as well. Let's enjoy some of
those points again. He didn't win
the match but he played some of the
best points during the four sets and
we will just enjoy some of them. Its
movement and the forehand, such a
He was pulled out wide, on
the forehand side particularly, and
you thought that point was done, but
he not only got to it, he hit
winners of it. The scrambling
ability he had, there were so many
times! That one was ridiculous.
get an angle like that, it is almost
You could put some of these in any
Hall of Fame and say they are right
up there with the best points.
talked about the variety of his play
but not intimidated at all by who is
down the other end, showing no
respect for the world ranking at
That is what was amazing and at
this point it is a prime example,
more than happy to go toe to toe
One of the best
clay-court players around.
the drop volley which almost back
spun back into the net. These are
long points. These are absolutely
fantastic to win points, and coming
at the end of 15, 20, 30 shot
rallies. Physically stepping up to
the line and doing it again and
It seemed towards the end,
the third set tie-break you got the
feeling, it was so crucial for both
players in a way and it changed the
momentum of the match because after
some great shots it was sort of
one-way traffic in the fourth set.
Ramos-Vinolas running away with it.
It looks like his legs were going a
little, Cameron Norrie at the end.
In the fourth set he tried for a few
more winners, try to end points
quickly because I think he had run
out of gas. Against an experienced
player like this who is so good in
the end he got too many balls back
but what a performance.
And we must salute the Spaniard for
playing his part, it's not easy
playing someone who is playing above
themselves and all the pressure on
He saw what happened
to his friend a couple of days
before from two setup, thinking I do
not want to see that happen again.
But if you look at the way the match
went, was incredible.
But if you look at the way the match
went, was incredible. Norrie could
have won all three of the first
sets. But that 5-5 he had come back
into the set and was not able to
hold serve. He ended up getting to
the tie-break but you wonder if that
might have made a difference. I did
not see the numbers but by the end
of the third set even though he was
2-1 down he probably won more points
than his opponent. Very difficult
mentally to have lost those
tie-breaks and physically more than
three hours into the match to think
you have to come back and win, we
saw it was just one step too far.
must be nice, it's infectious within
the team which is important.
Absolutely, you could see the whole
bench, I think the British team
including Leon Smith were shocked at
what they were seeing. To do it in
practice is one thing but to do it
in the match and all the players
watching him I think they were
shocked. They just got inspired by
watching the way he competed out
there. His energy level, for the
young players watching this on TV,
to watch somebody like that, what an
inspiration he is.
The bottom line
is we lost in the first round which
means we have come back to play in
the play-offs in September which is
never easy because Argentina, Russia
went down last year. All sorts of
dangerous opponents you could play
but Leon will say Andy will be back
and Kyle hopefully fit and wanting
There are no easy matches,
but on the point around the team
just looking, there was a good
camera shot of Ramos looking at his
bench at the end and David Ferrer
giving him the nod and on the point
of role models for the British team
to have Andy Murray, everyone to see
what Kyle Edmund is doing, as you
said, any British players in the
frame to see regardless of the
ranking what Cameron Norrie just did
it makes a massive difference, this
is a world-class team with players
able to compete on the world stage.
That makes a massive difference.
That makes a massive difference.
Spain go through. Let's look at the
world group. Plenty of matches going
on as we speak. Reigning champions
France lead 2-1 against the
Netherlands. But 1-1 in the singles
match today so still a long way to
go. Italy have defeated Japan,
Fognini in an epic five set
thriller, saving match point.
Germany went through after Zverev
beat Krygios in straight sets.
Kazakhstan winning 4-1.
Kazakhstan winning 4-1. The singles
match with Croatia against Canada
today, it is one set to church. The
United States have defeated Serbia,
dead rubbers today. Belgium were 2-1
up, David Goffin is up in his
singles match today.
singles match today. Unfortunately
it is not Great Britain are going
through but we can hear from the
British captain Leon Smith who has
made his way to the pressroom.
Thank you for talking to us, not the
result you wanted but it was so
close again, the third set breaker,
if it had gone the other way we
might have been in business.
cannot speak highly enough of what
Cameron has done all weekend. And
again today. People might have
thought it was a one off on Friday
but he did it again today against
another high-quality player. Both
breakers, anything can happen.
Pushed him really close and I am
really proud of him.
Did you have
any inkling he was capable of
producing this tennis? Sergi
Bruguera could not believe he
sustained that level after four
In June he looks really good
shape. Sitting on the bench at the
end feeling like he could all day.
The big thing for him is now he can
get physically more powerful, he can
get more power in the strokes.
Nobody can tell how someone will go
out and play an debut and he has
been playing mostly on Challenger
Tour but if he needs some sort of
reference point for how far he can
go he's got it this weekend. The
only way is up for him.
He has to be
positive hasn't he?
Physically incredible and he played
well in practice but you don't know
what he will do, any player who
comes out on a Davis Cup debut and
going up a class in rankings and he
proved he can compete. For me he
will only go up and experience like
that, this is the toughest arena in
tennis, Davis Cup and he's gone out
in front of a huge crowd and who
knows where he can go?
We have run
out of time but thank you gentlemen,
before we go, plenty of sport coming
up on BBC Two. One of Britain's best
hope for a medal at the Winter
Olympics and a special documentary
on her build-up to the games. Then
the last Ski Sunday before the
games. And Six Nations highlights at
six o'clock with highlights from all
three games. That's it from us, we
will be back hopefully in September
as Britain faced a tough play-off
match but what the future of Cameron
Norrie, we enjoyed watching him.
Perfect start for Spain. That is
magnificent. No! No way! What was
that? Oh my goodness! Titanic set of
tennis comes to an end. Spain one
set up. Again we are witnessing
something pretty extraordinary.
Cameron Norrie has levelled the
match, it is 1-1.
How did he win
That could be massive.
Spain are one set away from the
quarterfinals of the Davis Cup. Free
now. Holds to love. What a proud
moment for Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Sue Barker presents coverage from the final day of the Davis Cup World Group match between Spain and Great Britain. They may be without Andy Murray, but the British team includes Australian Open sensation Kyle Edmund, who is hoping to upset the odds against a strong Spanish team on the clay in Marbella. Commentary by Chris Bradnam, John Lloyd and Jamie Baker.