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By Adrianna Outlaw | Saturday, November 27, 2021

 
Cameron Norrie

Cameron Norrie beat Arthur Rinderknech 6-2, 7-6(8) clinching Great Britain's Davis Cup win over France in Innsbruck, Austria.

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Cameron Norrie continues his fall rise—spiking British Davis Cup hopes in the process.

The 12th-ranked Norrie beat Arthur Rinderknech 6-2, 7-6(8) clinching Great Britain's Davis Cup win over France at the Olympia-Halle in Innsbruck, Austria.

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Norrie's win, which came after Dan Evans defeated Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-4, in the opener, gave Great Britain an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the best-of-three-match tie in Group C play.

Team GB can clinch its sixth Davis Cup quarterfinal since 2014 if it defeats Czech Republic in the final round-robin tie for both nations. Group champions from Innsbruck, Madrid and Turin and the top two runners-up advance to the quarterfinals. 




Fresh off his appearance in last week's ATP Finals, Norrie broke the 6'5" Frenchman twice in a row— for 3-2 and 5-2 leads—and served out the opening set at 30. Norrie exhibited grit and sharp ball-control skills taking a tense tiebreaker to beat Rinderknech for the second time this season.

The 26-year-old Norrie wrapped up the win in two hours, five minutes.

A streaking Norrie posted his 15th win in his last 19 matches, including title runs at Indian Wells and San Diego.

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British No. 2 Evans showed shotmaking skills scoring late breaks in both sets to defeat Mannarino for the third time in a row.




The French left-hander broke at love when Evans served for the first set at 5-4. Evans answered winning eight of the next 10 points and serving out the set at love on his second opportunity.

Evans broke at 30 in the penultimate game of the second set before serving out the match at love.

The 25th-ranked Evans beat Mannarino for the third time in four meetings, following a 6-4, 7-6(7) win at Queen's Club last June.

France's Nicolas Mahut and Rinderknech swept Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski 6-1, 6-4, in doubles to close the tie. 




 

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