Dan Evans comes up trumps to progress Great Britain into Davis Cup semis
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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