Great Britain suffered a premature end to their Davis Cup campaign with an extremely disappointing defeat to the Netherlands in Glasgow.
The US defeat on Wednesday left Britain in need of beating the Dutch and possibly Kazakhstan as well, but Sunday’s match will now be a meaningless match after Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury got off the wrong side of a dramatic one again. double decisive.
Instead it is the Dutch, with their small band 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.
Great Britain had to bounce back after being knocked out by the United States very late Wednesday night, and they made the perfect start when Dan Evans defeated Tallon Griekspoor 6-4 6-4.
But Cameron Norrie then produced a poor performance by dropping 6-4 6-2 to Botic Van De Zandschulp, and Murray and Salisbury were beaten 7-6 (0) 6-7 (6) 6-3 by Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop despite the best efforts of the Emirates Stadium crowd to beat their home hero in his 50th Davis Cup.
Murray was again given the nod to Neal Skupski, who reached the men’s doubles final with Koolhof at the US Open last week, and he and Salisbury got off to a great start with a break from Middelkoop serve in the opening match. .
But they failed to keep the lead and the Dutch pair played an inspired first tiebreaker.
The second tiebreaker was full of drama, with Great Britain saving a match point and then taking the first set point thanks to a useful net cord.
Players, team and fans cheered but still had to win the final and, after losing chances at 3-3, Salisbury lost his serve in the next game, leaving Koolhof to serve the win.
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 which is the most disappointing week of his long and very successful as captain, particularly given the lead. in the house of Great Britain.
They are expected to 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.
Norrie had scrambled to victory over Taylor Fritz on Wednesday, but this time he was unable to recover from a bad start against a player he easily beat in Montreal last month.
The world number eight struggled to find his game on the slow Glasgow pitch and was second best against Van De Zandschulp, who hit 13 aces.
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. That’s not a player on my league table, and that’s me on a bad day.
“I was really impressed with Botic and his level. Especially the last time we played, I played a very clean game on my serve and gave him absolutely nothing. He did it to me today. “
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.
“I knew I was obviously playing better than him, the tallest player in the game. I just had to put my game on the pitch, make sure I focus at the right moments and put pressure on him. “
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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