British number two Cameron Norrie crashed out of the maiden Cordoba Open yesterday as he fell in straight sets to Pedro Cachin.

Cachin, ranked 280th in the world, was making his ATP debut but brushed aside the Norrie comfortably as Britain’s search for a tennis icon to replace Andy Murray grew more desperate.

It took Cachin less than an hour to win the match breaking Norrie’s serve in the very first game of the match and also in game nine of the second set to win on home soil.

Norrie was growing visibly frustrated during the tail end of the game but it came to a head after the final point as the Brit smashed his racquet against the floor in anger. Cachin will now go on to play Spanish number four seed Pablo Carreno Busta.

After an impressive start to the season reaching the Auckland Open, Norrie has struggled for form losing in the first round of the Australian Open and this tournament.