United Cup: Dan Evans comes up trumps to send Great Britain through to quarter-finals

Dan Evans shrugged off a desperate second set to sink Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas and steer Great Britain into the quarter-finals of the United Cup in Sydney.

Evans' 6-3 1-6 6-3 success gave his side an unassailable lead in their Group D clash following Saturday's wins for Cameron Norrie and Katie Swan in the inaugural mixed team event.

Evans broke his opponent in his first service game of the deciding set and rallied again after the Spaniard hit back to level the set at 2-2.

Ramos-Vinolas saved a match point on his serve at 5-3 but Evans was undaunted and served out the next game to book Britain's last-eight berth.

"We've had a bit of luck, a few withdrawals," said 32-year-old Evans. "We've done unbelievably well on the court as well.

"We pride ourselves on team spirit and working hard out there for each other."

Earlier, Harriet Dart had missed the chance to seal Britain's victory when she was defeated 6-7 (6) 7-6 (5) 6-1 by world number 13 Paula Badosa.

Saturday was a historic day for Norrie as he claimed the biggest win of his career over 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, paving the way for Great Britain's victory.

Norrie had lost his four previous meetings against Nadal, but produced some of his best tennis at a sold-out Ken Rosewall Arena on Saturday to give Britain an early lead.

Asked if it was his best career win at a press conference, Norrie said: "I think it was, especially on ranking and beating a guy like Rafa as the competitor that he is. I know it's his first match of the year, but it was a sick win.

"He absolutely chopped me the last five or four times I played him, so it is nice to get him once now. I really played well and held my nerve throughout the match."

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