Nice Britain crashed out of the Davis Cup in Glasgow on Friday because the Netherlands received a deciding doubles rubber to finish the hopes of Andy Murray and his team-mates.
Dan Evans gave Britain the right begin with a straight-sets victory over Tallon Griekspoor, then Cameron Norrie may have sealed the tie with victory over Botic van de Zandschulp however was effectively overwhelmed 6-4 6-2 to ship it to a deciding doubles rubber.
However Murray and Joe Salisbury went right down to an agonising 7-6 (7-0) 6-7 (8-6) 6-3 defeat to Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop on the Emirates Area.
The begin to the tie was once more a sombre affair, with a minute’s silence earlier than the nationwide anthems and a lone piper offering the one background music.
Murray and Salisbury made the right begin with a break of the Middelkoop serve within the opening sport however they have been unable to carry onto their benefit, with Salisbury dropping serve within the eighth sport.
The Dutch then performed an excellent tie-break, profitable seven straight factors, and the second set additionally went all the way in which, with no breaks of serve by way of 12 video games.
The strain ramped up because the end line grew nearer for the Dutch they usually had a match level at 5-6 however Salisbury saved it with a nice serve and the British pair then took their first likelihood with an enormous slice of luck through a web twine.
Gamers, crew and supporters celebrated joyously however they nonetheless needed to win the decider and, after lacking possibilities at 3-3, Salisbury dropped serve within the subsequent sport, leaving Koolhof to serve it out for a well-known victory.
Norrie had scrambled his approach to victory over Taylor Fritz on Wednesday however this time was unable to recuperate from a nasty begin in opposition to Van de Zandschulp – a participant he beat simply in Montreal final month.
The world No 8 has struggled to seek out his sport on the very gradual Glasgow courtroom and was second finest all through in opposition to the Dutchman, who served 13 aces.
Norrie was extraordinarily dissatisfied together with his efficiency, saying: “He was higher than me. I simply gifted him two service video games. He did not actually should do a lot to interrupt me in the long run. That is not a participant that is of my rating, and that is me on a extremely unhealthy day.
“That is not the extent that I am able to. I am dissatisfied with that. It was an enormous match for us, one other must-win match.”
Evans, who misplaced a high-quality conflict with the American Tommy Paul, was examined by Griekspoor on the very gradual laborious courtroom however was the stronger within the massive moments in a 6-4 6-4 win.
It was an necessary win for Evans, who has suffered quite a few slim losses in Davis Cup, and he stated: “It is a tremendous environment, I like taking part in in Britain, particularly right here in Glasgow. It was a tremendous match. I am simply pumped to get by way of for everyone else.
“He served extremely effectively. It is generally irritating. I assumed I did effectively protecting calm and getting by way of.”
Evans is ranked 23 locations above Griekspoor however the Dutchman has climbed into the highest 50 this season on the again of a exceptional unbeaten run of 28 matches on the finish of 2021 and starting of 2022.
Griekspoor used his further energy, significantly on the forehand, to press Evans in a protracted eighth sport however the British No 2 held agency after which took his alternative within the subsequent sport.
He managed to maintain Griekspoor at arm’s size, saving the one break level he confronted within the second sport of the second set, earlier than breaking once more within the seventh sport and taking his third match level.
Alcaraz loses to Auger-Aliassime in first match as world No 1
US Open champion Carlos Alcaraz crashed to defeat on his debut as world No 1, dropping 6-7 (7-3) 6-4 6-2 to Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime of their Davis Cup Finals group-stage conflict on Friday.
“It is a massive win for me and for the crew,” Auger-Aliassime stated. “For me, as a result of Carlos is the brand new primary. However he made an enormous effort, so now we have to pay him respect for flying throughout the Atlantic and coming right here to play – credit score for that.
“I believe I confirmed on the finish I used to be a bit higher within the third set and I gave all of it.”
Australia and Germany progressed in Hamburg due to the hosts’ victory over Belgium, whereas Italy are in pole place in Group A after beating Argentina.