Davis Cup by BNP Paribas 1st round tie – Spain v Great Britain

The Davis Cup first round tie between Spain and Great Britain was played at the Puente Romano tennis complex in Marbella from 2 – 4 February 2018.  MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you the news and images.

Davis Cup 2018 – Day 3 Result

Rubber 4: Albert Ramos Vinolas (SP) bt Cameron Norrie (GB) 7-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2.

After a long and hard fought match, Spain won the tie and go through to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinals in April where they will face Germany on home soil.

Cameron Norrie didn’t quite have the strength to go toe-to-toe with the world number 21, but he fought admirably. It was some of the best tennis we have seen in a while. He is definitely one to watch. A new star emerging on the tennis circuit and a great addition to the Great Britain team.

The whole weekend has been a marvelous display of sport. Spectators from both sides had a great time. The atmosphere was wonderful. The only thing missing was the usual Marbella weather.

Albert Ramos Vinolas
Albert Ramos Vinolas
Cameron Norrie
Cameron Norrie

Davis Cup 2018 – Day 2 Result

Rubber 3: Pablo Carreno-Busta & Feliciano Lopez (SP) bt Dominic Inglot & Jamie Murray 6-4, 6-4, 7-6.

Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot were beaten in straight sets by Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez here in Marbella on Saturday, giving Spain a 2 – 1 lead in this Davis Cup tie. Great Britain will now have to win both of the singles rubbers on the final day to win the tie.

Cameron Norrie and Liam Broady are scheduled to play for GB, but captain Leon Smith can select Kyle Edmund if he is fit. He was not chosen for Friday’s singles because of a hip injury.

Day 2 was a little disapointing for Britain as Dominic Inglot’s serve was broken in the opening game. Inglot struggled when serving and returning and incurred nine double faults. They fought hard to make the match competitive, saving 10 of the 12 break points. Jamie Murray had to save two at 5-5 in the third set, but they could not break the Spanish serve. Feliciano Lopez was exceptional.

Feliciano Lopez
Feliciano Lopez
Jamie Murray
Jamie Murray

Davis Cup 2018 – Day 1 Results

Rubber 2: Cameron Norrie (GB) bt Roberto Bautista-Agut (SP) 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

Spain looked a racing certainty to be heading into the doubles with a 2 – 0 lead when Roberto Bautista Agut led in the third set. But, 22 year old Cameron Norrie, playing the match of his life, came back from two sets down to win the match 3 sets to two to level the tie. This was a remarkable win by Cameron Norrie, who only turned professional a year ago and was playing his first competitive match on clay.

Norrie was born in South Africa to British parents and moved to New Zealand at an early age. He then moved to London at the age of 16 before attending university in Texas.

Norrie broke serve three times in the third set and twice in the fourth and fifth as Roberto Bautista Agut felt the pressure from the onslaught.

The British captain Leon Smith said: “I’m almost lost for words. All you ask for is that they give their best effort and fight like hell. Cameron fully deserves every bit of praise he gets.”

Cameron Norrie v Roberto Bautista-Agut
Cameron Norrie and Roberto Bautista Agut
Cameron Norrie
Cameron Norrie
Roberto Bautista-Agut
Roberto Bautista Agut

Rubber 1: Albert Ramos Vinolas (SP) bt Liam Broady (GB) 6-3, 6-4, 7-6.

Liam Broady performed well, but unfortunately lost to the world number 21 Albert Ramos Vinolas. Liam Broady kept his composure and positive attitude, pushing Albert Ramos Vinolas hard in the opening match.

“I’m pleased I did myself proud and I fought to the end, but I am disappointed I didn’t win,” Broady told us.

Albert Ramos Vinolas

Albert Ramos Vinolas

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony took place at 10.45 on Friday February 2 just before the opening rubber of this first round Davis Cup tie at Puente Romano in Marbella. It was attended by the Secretary of State for Sport José Ramón Lete and Marbella’s mayor Ángeles Muñoz, who was accompanied  by the delegate of the Government in Andalusia Antonio Sanz and other dignitaries. Again highlighting the “great promotion that this event represents for the city.”

The Great Britain team
The Great Britain Davis Cup team
The Spanish team
The Spanish Davis Cup team

There are very few sports competitions with more tradition than the Davis Cup which has been played since 1900.


Captain: Sergi Bruguera.
Players: Albert Ramos Vinolas, Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreno Busta, Feliciano Lopez and David Ferrer.

Captain: Leon Smith.
Players: Liam Broady, Cameron Norrie, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot.

The Draw:

Friday February 2:
Albert Ramos Vinolas (SP) v Liam Broady (GB)
Roberto Bautista-Agut (SP) v Cameron Norrie (GB)

Saturday February 3:
Pablo Carreno Busta / Feliciano Lopez (SP) v Dominic Inglot / Jamie Murray (GB)

Sunday February 4:
Albert Ramos Vinolas (SP) v Cameron Norrie (GB)
Roberto Bautista Agut (SP) v Liam Broady (GB)

Match times are:
Friday 11.00 (12.00 GMT) 1st Singles rubber, followed by 2nd Singles rubber.
Saturday 14.00 (13.00 GMT) Doubles rubber
Sunday 11.00 (12.00 GMT) 3rd Singles rubber, followed by 4th Singles rubber (if necessary).

Press Announcement:

November 9 2017: The RFET (the Spanish Tennis Federation) have announced that the Davis Cup first round tie between Spain and Great Britain will be played on Puente Romano´s clay court in Marbella, which will undoubtedly be to the Spanish team’s advantage. The centre court will be turned into a 10,000 square metre stadium with stands, boxes and TV commentary boxes. The presidential boxes will have space for 120 people and there will be two boxes for the teams, each catering for eighteen people and for sponsors as well as areas for VIPs, the press and IT services.

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