Cameron Norrie stepped up for Great Britain and helped them reach the quarterfinal at the Davis Cup Finals. After Czech Tomas Machac stunned Dan Evans in the opening rubber of the tie, the Britons found themselves in a tough spot.
In the following rubber, Norrie beat Jiri Lehecka 6-1 2-6 6-1. "It was never easing coming in, especially being 1-0 down, but I was feeling comfortable this morning,” Norrie said after hauling Britain back into the tie, per the Davis Cup Finals website.
“In the second set I missed a lot of first balls, gave away some cheap points and he was a little bit more aggressive. But the bench were incredible and got me back up. It’s never easy being the favourite but I really enjoyed the match.
“I managed to rest and play my game in a must-win match”.
Norrie, Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski stepped up
In the third rubber, Salisbury and Skupski beat Machac and Jiri Vesely 6-4 6-2 to seal a ticket for the quarterfinal.
"It’s very special,” Salisbury said. “The atmosphere was amazing, even though there were no fans the support team have been amazing. Playing for your country and getting the win is really special and we’re very happy”.
Skupski added: “Very disappointing against the French team but they came out swinging and took advantage of that. We regrouped and made an early start today with a lot of positive energy. We tried to play free today and it definitely worked in the end”.
British captain Leon Smith acknowledged it wasn't easy against Slovakia. "Today was tough. You look at the rankings and a lot of people would think it’s going to be straightforward but it’s never like that.
We’ve seen that time and time again in the Davis Cup. We’ve been underdogs and managed to get wins. The Czech team played really well today, they are a very good young team. Machac looked like he had suddenly turned into a top-20 player overnight”.