3 - 12 January 2020

ATP Cup

Brisbane/Perth/Sydney, Australia

ATP Cup: Brits keep Sydney dream alive

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  • 05/01/2020

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In their must-win tie against Belgium, the Brits brilliantly fought to a 2-1 victory to keep their ATP Cup dreams alive.

The team's tough 2-1 loss to Bulgaria in the early hours of Saturday morning meant they had to win their second group stage tie to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the knockouts.

Hot on the heels of battling past Bulgaria's Dimitar Kuzmanov, British No.2 Cam Norrie returned to Ken Rosewall Arena at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday evening to kickstart GB's tie. He faced Steve Darcis who showed his experience and put on an inspired performance to defeat Britain's world No.53 6-3, 6-4. 

Norrie's loss put the pressure on British No.1 Dan Evans, who fell in three sets to world No.20 Grigor Dimitrov late on Friday night. This time round, he faced world No.11 David Goffin and delivered his best game to capture a stunning 6-4, 6-4 victory. 

It was then up to Joe Salisbury and Jamie Murray as they took on Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen in the decisive doubles clash. The pair, who suffered a tight defeat to Bulgaria after holding two match points, returned to court with conviction and delighted GB ATP Cup Captain Tim Henman, along with the rest of the team bench and cheering fans with an epic masterclass to clinch a 6-3, 7-6 (7) win. 

The ATP Cup is a new tournament which sees 24 nations split into six groups of four playing across three cities (Sydney, Perth and Brisbane). Great Britain have been placed in Group C with Bulgaria, Belgium and Moldova.

The Brits will play their final round-robin tie on Tuesday 7, 10:00 local time (23:00 GMT - Monday evening). The winner of each of the six groups, plus the two next best teams, will advance to the quarter-finals. 

Back the Brits! 

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