Dan Evans said he felt he was ‘letting his team down’ before coming up trumps to beat Jan-Lennard Struff at the Davis Cup.
Evans’ win enabled Britain to claim a 2-0 win over Germany and progress into the competition’s semi-finals, where they will meet Rafael Nadal and Spain.
Earlier in the day, Kyle Edmund had got GB off to a perfect start, powering to a 6-3, 7-5 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber, before Evans got the nod ahead of Andy Murray to play the second singles rubber.
It was a big call, especially given Evans had lost both his matches in the group stage of the tournament, but he came good when he was needed with a big 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 7-6 (7-2) win.
“I lost some tough matches just lately. I felt like I had let the team down the last two days.
“So to come back and get it like that, it’s amazing. They supported me through everything. I am so happy for them that we are through.
“I served great. I thought I played well the last two days but couldn’t get over the line. I didn’t feel great before the match, you are down, you are losing. Everyone in the team has kept me going, kept me positive.”
Evans’ success was also a triumph for captain Leon Smith, who kept faith with his number one player despite recent defeats.
“He was feeling down, he stepped up today and I am absolutely thrilled for him,” said the Scot.
“Boy, he stepped up today. He loves playing the Davis Cup and that reaction at the end I will savour forever.”
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