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Cameron Norrie and Liam Broady are beaten, exposing Britain’s lack of depth

• Norrie fell to Aljaz Bedene, who used to represent GB
• Broady loses 12 of last 13 games against Milos Raonic

Then there were two. And that it was Aljaz Bedene, back representing Slovenia, who has left the British men’s ranks so depleted is an irony lost on few. This time last year Bedene was competing for Great Britain, 12 months on and his four-set victory against Cameron Norrie has left home hopes reliant on Kyle Edmund and the teenage wildcard Jay Clarke. Andy Murray’s 11th-hour withdrawal has served only to highlight how fragile the supporting cast is.

Bedene used to be among that number but, not permitted to represent Great Britain in the Davis Cup, having previously done so for Slovenia, he switched back after three and a half years competing under the union jack. This victory must have been all the more sweet then against Norrie, born in South Africa to British parents, raised in New Zealand and college-trained in the United States.

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