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Davis Cup: Albert Ramos outlasts Cameron Norrie as Spain beat Great Britain

Spain entered the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup after Albert Ramos beat Cameron Norrie of Great Britain in their reverse singles match on Sunday.

tennis Updated: Feb 04, 2018 22:05 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Marbella (Spain)
Davis Cup,Spain vs Great Britain,Albert Ramos
Spain's Albert Ramos celebrates after beating Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie at the Puente Romano tennis club in Marbella, on Sunday.Spain beat Britain in the Davis Cup World Group first round tie to progress into the quarterfinals.(AFP)

Spain reached the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup when Albert Ramos beat Cameron Norrie of Great Britain 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 on Sunday in the opening match of the reverse singles.

The Spaniard, ranked number 21 in the world, needed three hours and 43 minutes to overcome an opponent ranked only 114.

With Andy Murray injured and Kyle Edmund rested, Norrie, 22, had become an instant national hero on Friday when he upset Roberto Bautista, another Spaniard ranked in the top 25.

Captain Leon Smith had said he would use Edmund, the semi-finalist in the Australian Open last month, in the closing singles on Sunday if the scores were level.

Ramos’s victory ended that possibility. Norrie fought hard until the end but appeared to pay the price for the four hours he had played on Friday.

“I was more focused in the tie-break and I think that playing a little better in important moments is what decided the match,” said Ramos.

First Published: Feb 04, 2018 22:05 IST