The Davis Cup Finals match between Great Britain and the Czech Republic was a lot closer than many people expected. In fact, it took six games to decide who would be going home with silverware in their hands after an exciting series of ties. When all was said and done, Britton won out 14-12 in front of a boisterous crowd at The O2 Arena on Saturday night
Great Britain beat the Czech Republic to reach the quarterfinals. The British team is led by Andy Murray, who has been playing well in recent years.
For the sixth time since 2014, Great Britain reached the Davis Cup quarter-finals thanks to Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski.
The United Kingdom has advanced to the Davis Cup quarter-finals as Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski won a crucial doubles match against the Czech Republic.
Salisbury and Skupski defeated Czech duo Jiri Vesely and Tomas Machac 6-4 6-2 in Innsbruck, Austria, knowing they would be eliminated if they lost.
After Dan Evans’ loss, Cameron Norrie won to complete the comeback.
On Tuesday, Leon Smith’s squad will face Germany in the final eight.
Germany won Group F after defeating Austria later on Sunday, despite the absence of ATP Finals winner Alexander Zverev.
Going into the doubles match, Britain’s spot in the final eight was in jeopardy, with Evans losing to an inspired Machac before Norrie triumphed against Jiri Lehecka.
As a consequence of those results, two-time Grand Slam men’s doubles champion Salisbury and the hugely experienced Skupski, both rated within the world’s top 20, needed to win to take first place in Group C.
“Today was a difficult day. When people look at the rankings, they assume it’s simple, but that’s never the case in the Davis Cup “Smith, a British captain, said.
“These men [Salisbury and Skupski] have my heart. Coming out and playing as well as they did says a lot. We called for enthusiasm and dedication first, and then quality. I’m quite pleased with them.”
It would not have been enough to qualify as one of the two best-placed runners-up if Salisbury and Skupski had lost and Britain had been defeated 2-1 in the three-match group tie.
Because the Czech Republic won a larger proportion of sets in the 18-nation finals, they would have finished second in the group.
Salisbury and Skupski were heavy favorites after winning an ATP championship together in San Jose last month, but they had lost their doubles match against France on Saturday.
After winning the opening set on Sunday, the duo continued to gain confidence and play as a unit on their way to a dominant triumph.
Skupski served out the victory, with Vesely hitting a return wide on match point, as the British squad jubilantly celebrated in a quiet venue devoid of supporters due to coronavirus restrictions in Austria.
After two double faults from Vesely led to a break for 5-4 and Salisbury served out, the opening set shifted in the British duo’s favor.
Salisbury and Skupski tightened their hold in the second set, breaking in the opening game before pushing 4-1 up and clinching win with ease.
“We wanted to start out with a lot of enthusiasm and positivity, and we wanted to be able to play freely. In the end, it was successful “Skupski said.
Salisbury, who made his Davis Cup debut this year and earned his maiden point, described the event as “extremely amazing.”
“Even though we don’t have any supporters here, there was a fantastic vibe. Even if there are no other people here, our support crew is creating a fantastic mood “The world number three has been added.
“It’s a great feeling to play for your nation and win.”
Norrie regains his composure following Evans’ setback, which leaves the United Kingdom with a lot of work to do.
Evans’ triumph in Saturday’s first group encounter against France set the tone for Britain’s Davis Cup Finals campaign, which includes group matches in Innsbruck, Turin, and Madrid before the semi-finals and final in the Spanish capital.
However, against Machac, who was making his Davis Cup debut this week, the world number 25 was unable to repeat his feat.
After a first set in which he was shocked by the athletic Machac’s incredibly high level, Evans’ face of bemusement and disbelief revealed his anxiety.
Evans started to improve as his irritation spilled out in the opening game of the second set with a racquet smash.
The British number two’s level continued to rise until he served for the set at 5-3, firing two forehands wide and smashing another into the net to surrender the break.
All of Evans’ momentum was swiftly squandered as Machac grabbed over, winning the remaining five games to earn the greatest victory of his career in terms of ranking.
Dan Evans (middle) congratulates Cameron Norrie, who won to keep Britain’s quarter-final hopes alive.
Norrie needed to win for Britain to have a chance of winning the group without Andy Murray, who was resting.
Norrie, who finished the season ranked 12th in the world, seemed to be on his way to a straight-set victory as he breezed through the opening set in 29 minutes.
Norrie, who was hitting at his best, committed just two unforced mistakes while breaking Lehecka’s serve three times.
The second set, on the other hand, was a total contrast. Norrie began to blunder, allowing Lehecka to take a 5-1 lead before calmly serving out to tie the game.
However, in the final, the 26-year-old Briton reclaimed control, relying on his knowledge and confidence earned over the course of a fantastic year to secure victory.
‘Britain is happy with everyone’s contribution,’ says an analysis.
Russell Fuller is an Innsbruck-based tennis journalist.
Although the United Kingdom did not dominate either of these matches, they deserved to win.
Leon Smith’s teams seldom fail to reach the quarter-finals, and the captain will be extremely grateful for everyone’s efforts.
Cameron Norrie has a perfect record; Dan Evans got the team off to a great start against France’s Adrian Mannarino on Saturday; and Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski were razor-sharp when Britain’s place in the Finals was at stake.
The players like their mountain hotel and are used to the fast pace of these courts, so they will be delighted to remain in Innsbruck for the quarter-final.
On Wednesday, though, they will undoubtedly be on the move. Either return to the United Kingdom or go to Madrid for a Friday semi-final.
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