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That was not quite enough for the amassed crowds in Glasgow to give GB (and indeed the "traditional" format of Davis Cup a rousing farewell) to start singing Proclaimers songs with reckless abandon.

Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot take on Sanjar Fayziev and Denis Istomin in the doubles on the Saturday.

Norrie's game had gotten steadily stronger though and the more the third set wore on the less convincing Fayziev looked behind his shots, building up Norrie's confidence as he clocked up a second bagel of the two - finishing as he started, and surely burying a little of the hurt he felt after his opening loss.

Afterwards, the world number 70 said: "It's an extremely proud moment".

He looked a different player to the one who had fallen to pieces so spectacularly just two days earlier.

The conviction which deserted him on Friday was also back, not least when facing three break points.

The first set felt messy as Norrie made heavy weather of his chances at times and seemed to get to a double break cushion and then the first more by luck than judgement.

Fayziev's languid style gave way to perhaps a tighter arm as Norrie broke to take the first set. The crowd were awesome.

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Norrie's win in the first singles' match of the day meant Evans and Karimov didn't need to play the fifth and final rubber, while the victory means Britain will now be seeded in February's qualifying tournament.

"Thanks to all the team, and big congrats to the Uzbek team, you fought like dogs".

There can be no worse way to return to your father's homeland and make your home tie debut than to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.


'From what I've heard the Scottish crowd gets pretty rowdy, from what Jamie's said'.

"I'm really interested to see how they do it and their justification for who they give the wildcards to". It seals a seeding for Britain in February's qualifying round, in which 24 teams will bid to progress to the new one-week World Cup-style finals event.

GB captain Leon Smith said: "It's been fun but there's a lot more to it than fun, there's a huge amount of pressure so an terrible lot of credit to Cam".

An unfamiliar Great Britain team will contest its 250th Davis Cup tie this weekend before wholesale changes sweep across the competition.

'To be selected again in the Davis Cup means a lot to me. It was hardly meaningless, it's been brilliant. We wanted to win this so we're seeded for the draw. We'll see what happens with that. "We want to be part of it, it will be exciting doing something different".


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