Great Britain secured a seeded place in the draw for next year’s new-look Davis Cup Finals qualification round when Cameron Norrie swept past world No.516 Sanjar Fayziev in under two hours at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.
The British number two, who lost his opening singles match on Friday despite having had a match point in the third set, triumphed 6-2 6-2 6-0.
It's an extremely proud moment. The crowd were awesome. Cameron Norrie
World number 70 Norrie had been expecting to face Istomin, who was stunned by Evans in the opener on Friday and spent seven hours on court over the past two days, but Uzbekistan named world number 516 Fayziev instead.
Norrie said: “It’s an extremely proud moment. The crowd were awesome.
“Big thanks to my dad for actually staying put in his seat – he was pretty nervous the other day.”
“I was pretty nervous coming into the tie today and Friday but the crowd got me through it. It’s always difficult playing your first home tie but I learnt a lot this weekend and I’m really proud of the team,” Norrie said.
Captain Leon Smith added: “Cam said it there – he would have learnt a lot from Friday. To get the response like he’s done, it takes a lot – credit to Cam.”
Britain started the day with a 2-1 lead after Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot came from behind to win their doubles match on Saturday against Istomin and Fayziev.
Fans’ initial joy turned to dismay, however, when it was announced that the fifth “dead” rubber between Dan Evans and Jurabek Karimov would not be played. This left the holders of expensive tickets seeing no action after 2pm, with many seething over being short-changed by the two captains. One experienced Team GB supporter suggested that an exhibition match should have been staged between Evans and Jay Clark in order to prolong the entertainment. It was a bittersweet end to what had otherwise been a positive weekend for British Tennis, and it remains to be seen whether Davis Cup action will return to Glasgow at any time in the future.