Cameron Norrie claims massive United Cup win over Rafael Nadal
Cameron Norrie fought back from a set down to claim his first singles win over Rafael Nadal and give Great Britain a 1-0 lead in their United Cup tie against Spain.
Norrie made a real statement with the 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win both for the United Cup and the coming season.
The British No 1 backed his strengths and was able to overpower the Spaniard.
Norrie has now won both of his United Cup singles matches and therefore holds a 2-0 record.
Norrie was among the victors as Great Britain downed Australia 3-2 in the opening tie.
The World No 14 beat Alex de Minaur, who became the default Australian men’s No 1 after the withdrawal of Nick Kyrgios.
Katie Swan and Harriet Dart also won matches against Australia.
Norrie’s match against Nadal was if great interest to fans with the Spaniard sturggling with injuries in the second half of last season.
However, Nadal moved very well despite ultimately succumbing to defeat and he should be happy with at least getting the match practice and a tough opponent.
Norrie proved to have more in the tank than Nadal at this stage of the season which will let the Spaniard know where he is in terms of Grand Slam preparation.
“It was a great match,” Norrie said. “At the beginning of the match he was winning some of the tricky points. Him coming to the net and drop-shotting me. I managed to stay tough in the longer rallies and embraced the situation. I think by ranking it is the biggest win of my career.”
Earlier in another match of great interest, Iga Swiatek gave Poland a lead in their tie against Kazakhstan.
Swiatek downed Yulia Putintseva 6-1, 6-3 and showed no sign of any sort of rust during the match.
“I’m pretty happy with my performance,” Swiatek said. “First matches of the season are always rusty. I was happy that in the important moments I was really composed.”
Swiatek absorbed some early pressure from Putintseva as she featured in Poland’s first United Cup match.
After the early struggles, Swiatek found her level and dominated the second set in what could be seen as a warning to the WTA Tour.
Polish No 2 men’s singles player Daniel Michalski wasn’t able to back up Swiatek’s efforts as he lost to Timofey Skatov 7-6, 6-2 to close out the day’s play on Pat Rafter Arena.
Hubert Hurkacz comes through epic battle with Thanasi Kokkinakis
Hubert Hurkacz won a match that stands as the longest three-setter of the season to date.
Elena Rybakina downs Paula Badosa in instant classic
Elena Rybakina keeps coming up with the goods.
WATCH: ‘Greek god’ Marton Fucsovics takes shirt off to reveal ripped body
Marton Fucsovics shows off his muscles again.
Aryna Sabalenka eyes Iga Swiatek’s No 1 spot – Why Sabalenka could usurp the Pole in the coming months
Aryna Sabalenka’s world No 1 goal could be within touching distance.
What Novak Djokovic needs to do to be top seed at French Open
Novak Djokovic has a big chance to be back at No 1 in time for the French Open.
Wimbledon reach verdict on Russian players with announcement imminent
The decision on whether Russian and Belarusian players can compete at Wimbledon this summer has been made.
Tennis legend predicts how many Grand Slams Novak Djokovic will win
Novak Djokovic is “going to be winning majors as long as he’s healthy”.
Aryna Sabalenka, WTA and Steve Simon slammed as tension in tennis continues to escalate
All is not well in women’s tennis.
Carlos Alcaraz off the mark in Miami as Jimmy Connors explains why he is head and shoulders above his peers
Carlos Alcaraz up and running in Miami as Jimmy Connors waxes lyrical about Spaniard.