Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury failed to save the Davis Cup tie against the United States

Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury failed to save the Davis Cup tie against the United States

Andy Murray hasn’t been able to be the hometown hero again as Britain fell in an agonizing late-night defeat to the United States in the Davis Cup match in Glasgow.

Dan Evans’ defeat to Tommy Paul and Cameron Norrie’s almost miraculous victory over Taylor Fritz set the stage for a decisive double that began after 10pm at Emirates Arena.

Captain Leon Smith has chosen Murray along with world double number one Joe Salisbury for the clash against Jack Sock and Rajeev Ram, with whom Salisbury won the US Open just five days ago.

Murray and Salisbury appeared to be in control in the lead with a set and a break, but the American duo reacted strongly and eventually scored a 5-7 6-4 7-5 win at 12:58.

This earned the US a 2-1 win and means they are in pole position to lead the group, while Britain will likely have to beat the Netherlands on Friday and Kazakhstan on Sunday to book their place in the round of 16. in Malaga in November.

A large crowd remained until the end, but a 4pm start time always seemed risky and, with the last trains leaving in some time, many fans had to leave.

For the first half of the tie, a US win at a civilized moment seemed the likely outcome, with Evans busted 6-4 4-6 6-4 to Paul and Norrie starting slowly against Fritz.

Norrie, in eighth place against Fritz’s 12th, was clinging to her nails in the second set but forced a tiebreaker, seized the opportunity, and served a 2-6 7-6 win (2) 7-5 on the second attempt, punching the air in celebration.

Norrie, whose father David, who grew up in Glasgow, was in the crowd, said: “It was a great match. Obviously I didn’t start in the best way. Taylor played really well. I don’t think I came out too strong. He took advantage of it.

“I think the higher the pressure, the more I was relegated for a corner, the better I actually played today.”

Cameron Norrie celebrates her big win over Taylor Fritz

Cameron Norrie celebrates her big win over Taylor Fritz (Steve Welsh / PA)

A gloomy beginning of the tie reflected the period of national mourning following the Queen’s death, with the usual music replaced by a lone bagpiper and a minute of silence before the national anthems, while the British players and the support team wore ribbons. blacks.

Music has been part of the great Davis Cup atmosphere of previous matches at the Emirates Arena, including a pivotal victory over the United States to kick off Britain’s title race in 2015, and Evans felt the difference.

He said: “It was gloomy at the end change. Something was missing. This is what it is at the moment.

A lone bagpiper played a tribute to the queen before the tie

A lone bagpiper played a Queen tribute before the tie (Steve Welsh / PA)

“We are very lucky to play. Fortunately, the event was allowed to continue. We’re just doing the best we can. There was still a good atmosphere, I still enjoyed it. “

Wednesday’s draws in the other groups all saw home wins, with Italy defeating last year’s finalists Croatia, Germany beating France and Spain, minus retired US Open champion Carlos Alcaraz , beating Serbia.

Novak Djokovic was supposed to play for Serbia but has retired for personal reasons, while Rafael Nadal is absent at this stage.

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