A dejected Andy Murray has admitted he doesn’t know how many other Davis Cup chances he has left after Britain exited the competition with a defeat to the Netherlands in Glasgow.
A defeat to the United States on Wednesday forced Britain to beat the Dutch and possibly Kazakhstan as well, but Sunday’s match at the Emirates Arena will now be a meaningless match after Murray and Joe Salisbury come out on the side again. wrong of a dramatic decision doubles the tire.
Murray and Salisbury saved a match point in the second set against Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop to keep their hopes alive, but the Scotsman then scored a break point comeback at 3-3 in the deciding set and the British pair lost last 10 points in a 7-6 (0) 6-7 (6) 6-3 defeat.
Murray, playing in his 50th Davis Cup tire, said: “Obviously I’d like to have the return at 3-3 and the break point. I hit the tape. I got a pretty sharp return, but maybe I shouldn’t have achieved it that big.
“We got off to a great start in the first set and we probably could have had a couple of breaks. And those are the moments you look back on.
“It just sucks because these games have dropped to a few points and didn’t go our way. I have been lucky enough to play many of these games over the years and to overcome them.
“This time it didn’t happen and I’m sad about it, because I think we had the chance to have a really good race here.
“Obviously when you get to my age and this stage of your career, I don’t know how many opportunities I will have to be part of this team again. We obviously have a lot of depth now in the single and double.
“Because of that, it makes it more difficult. We had a great atmosphere today too. I loved all the chances I got to play here. It just wasn’t supposed to be this week. “
Murray was given the nod again on Neal Skupski, who is third in the world in doubles and reached the US Open final with Koolhof last week.
Captain Leon Smith has never had greater force at his disposal in depth, but with that comes the selection dilemmas and he will have to reflect on what is the most disappointing week of his long and very successful as captain, particularly given the Britain’s home advantage.
Murray said, “I’m thinking the same thing right now, I should have played or I should have played Neal or whatever, and it’s easy to think all of these things.”
Smith insisted he had no regrets, though, saying, “We came in with some thoughts and stayed with that. The games we lost against the USA were really good games, high level games.
“We felt that everyone was still in a good position and that they were playing well enough to win today. It just didn’t work out that way. You win that match and people say it was a good selection day again ”.
Instead, it is the Dutch, with their small circle of orange-clad fans, and the Americans who can celebrate their move to the round of 16 in Malaga in November after two wins each in their first two games.
Britain made the perfect start when Dan Evans defeated Tallon Griekspoor 6-4 6-4, but Cameron Norrie then produced a poor performance to drop 6-4 6-2 to Botic van de Zandschulp.
Norrie said, “He was better than me. I just got him two service games. In the end, he didn’t have to do much to break me. He is not a player who falls into my ranking, and it is me in a bad day ”.
Evans, who lost a high-quality clash with Tommy Paul of the United States, didn’t do things his way against Griekspoor but played a very solid match, breaking serve once per set.
The English number two said: “It was a good match. I played well. More than just a game of concentration to really pass, to get a victory.
Britain will host a group stage for the next four years, but only if they qualify among the top 16 nations, which will likely mean winning a playoff in early 2023 because they certainly can’t expect another wild card.
Elsewhere, Carlos Alcaraz’s first match as world number one in the match between Spain and Canada in Valencia ended in a three-set defeat to Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The 19-year-old has kept his commitment to playing at home despite winning his first Grand Slam title just five days ago at the US Open.
Australia and Germany qualified in Hamburg thanks to the hosts’ victory over Belgium, while Italy is in pole position in Group A after beating Argentina.
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