United Cup 2023: Great Britain defeat Spain to finish top of Group D
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Get the latest results from Great Britain's United Cup clash against Spain in Group D.
- Great Britain 4-1 Spain
- Cam Norrie sealed a career-best 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Rafael Nadal
- Katie Swan defeated Nuria Parrizas Diaz to give Great Britain healthy 2-0 lead
Harriet Dart lost out to world No.13 Paula Badosa 6-7(6), 7-6(5), 6-1
Dan Evans closed out the victory with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 win against Pablo Carreno Busta
- Dart & Jonny O'Mara closed out the win in the mixed doubles
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Great Britain secure Sydney City Final spot with win over Spain
Great Britain are through to the Sydney City Final of the inaugural United Cup after clinching victory against Spain to finish top of Group D.
The Brits will face the winners of Group C for a place in the Final Four.
Cam Norrie was first to face the music in the British camp, taking on his biggest challenge of the tournament yet as he went head-to-head with the king of clay himself, Rafael Nadal. Despite trailing behind in the opening set, Norrie remained unfazed as he put on a convincing performance to seal the biggest win of his career 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Norrie is only the second Brit to defeat the 22-time Grand Slam champion after former world No.1, Andy Murray.
Following Norrie's career-best performance, Katie Swan was next to produce a fiery comeback, battling back from a set down against the world No.70, Nuria Parrizas-Diaz, to clinch an impressive 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win.
On day two, British No.2 Harriet Dart came close to replicating her Billie Jean King Cup heroics over world No.13 Paula Badosa, taking the first set in a nail-biting tie-break, but eventually lost out 6-7(6), 7-6(5), 6-1.
It came down to Dan Evans to see home the win for Great Britain, as he took on Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who stepped in to replace Pablo Carreno-Busta.
A break on the Spaniard’s first service game gave Evans the early advantage, but Ramos-Vinolas came back firing in the second set, winning five consecutive games to level the score at 1-1. Momentum swung back in favour of the Brit, who sealed his first victory in Sydney with a double break in the final set, taking the all-important win 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
Dart then took to the court again in the mixed doubles alongside Jonny O'Mara, with the Brits closing out a resounding win with a brilliant 3-6, 6-2, 10-5 comeback victory over Jessica Bouzas Maneiro and David Vega Hernandez.
The Brits will await to find out their opponents in the next round, with Czech Republic, USA and Germany all still in contention for a quarter-final spot.