Davis Cup: Great Britain lost 2-1 against the US in Glasgow, including losses to Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury.
Davis Cup: Great Britain lost 2-1 against the US in Glasgow
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury suffered a heartbreaking doubles loss as Great Britain lost to USA 2-1 in a match that finished at 12.58 in the morning at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.
Tommy Paul defeated Dan Evans in the opening set, and then Cameron Norrie bravely defeated Taylor Fritz to force a doubles rubber to decide the match.
However, Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury failed to impress the home audience and ultimately lost late at night to Salisbury’s US Open champion partners, Rajeev Ram and Jack Sock, as the USA grabbed an initial victory in Group D.
The match began somberly to mark the time of sadness that followed the Queen’s passing. Instead of the normal music, a lone piper played before the national anthems, and the British players and support personnel wore black ribbons.
When Murray and Salisbury, who had just five days earlier won the US Open together, took the court at 10 p.m. against Sock and Ram, they received a thunderous ovation.
The British pair prevailed in a drawn-out first set, and they appeared to be in in control of the second set at 3-1, but Ram and Sock rallied to win five of the next six games to tie the match.
More and more spectators started to leave as the clock continued to run past midnight, but a sizable number persisted until the very end, which came at 12.58 in the morning when Ram and Sock won 5-7 6-4 7-5 to give USA the tie.
Norrie was faced with a must-win match after Evans’ opening defeat, but the British No. 1 dug out a 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), and 7-5 victory.
He made a very unpromising start, quickly losing the first set, and, after seeing an early break disappear, was hanging on for much of the second set.
But he managed to force a tie-break, seized his chance in that, and then served it out at the second attempt.
whose Glasgow-raised father, David, was among the crowd, said: “Honestly, I owe it all to the crowd.” “You guys were amazing.” I wasn’t playing my best tennis. Taylor came out firing.
“I managed to hang in there in the second set. I played well in the tie-break and hung tough in the third set again. I loved the atmosphere; it’s just great to be back in Glasgow.
“Knowing what I needed to do, I had to go in and secure a victory for the group, which I did.”
Paul, the No. 2 American, defeated Evans 6-4 4-6 6-4 in a battle marked by cat-and-mouse rallies.
In the first set, Evans had two break points but was under pressure in every service game. Paul immediately answered on both occasions before converting his fourth set point.
Evans was given a warning for cursing, but he quickly recovered, improved his serving, and earned the lone break in the fifth game.
When Paul broke for 5-3, it appeared like he had made the winning move, but Evans responded by capping off a great point with a beautiful lob.
However, the 32-year-old was once more unable to maintain his serve, saving two match points but squandering the third.
Evans said: “It was a good match. I probably lost the match in the first set. Very slow court. It took a lot to get used to the balls.
“All credit to Tommy. I thought he served well when I had my chances. It’s a tough one. But another good effort I guess. That’s Davis Cup, isn’t it? They’re all tough matches. We knew this one was going to be tough. It certainly proved to be for me. I played good tennis. Just couldn’t get over the line.”
What lies next for Great Britain?
As a result, Leon Smith must almost probably defeat the Netherlands on Friday at 15:00 BST and Kazakhstan on Sunday at 14:00 BST in order to advance to the November shootout in Malaga.
16 nations in all are competing to place in the top two spots in each group in order to advance to the Finals, which will be held in the Andalusian city from November 22–27.
Malaga will serve as the competition’s last six days’ host city from the quarterfinal stages on.
Additional Davis Cup results
The home nations won all of Wednesday’s matches in the other groups, with Italy overcoming last year’s finalists Croatia, Germany narrowly winning France, and Spain defeating Serbia without rested US Open winner Carlos Alcaraz.
Due to personal reasons, Novak Djokovic withdrew from playing for Serbia, while Rafael Nadal is sitting out this round.