23 Nov 2019, 06:36 IST
Spain will face Nice Britain within the Davis Cup semi-finals however Serbia’s hopes of glory within the event got here to a tearful finish in Madrid on Friday.
With world primary Rafael Nadal in glowing type, host nation Spain fought again after shedding the opening singles rubber to defeat 2016 champions Argentina in a late end within the capital.
Their reward is a last-four conflict towards a Britain squad that progressed previous Germany with out the necessity to play doubles, Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans recording respective wins over Philipp Kohlschreiber and Jan-Lennard Struff.
Edmund prevailed in straight units to reward the choice taken by captain Leon Smith to retain the identical line-up that secured qualification for the knockout stage by beating Kazakhstan.
That meant Andy Murray as soon as once more sat out proceedings, the Scot as a substitute taking over a supportive position from near the courtroom as he cheered his team-mates on.
Evans had misplaced his earlier two matches however held his nerve in a deciding tie-break towards Struff, with the 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 7-6 (7-2) consequence securing an unassailable 2-Zero benefit.
Nice Britain are into the semi-finals!!!
— Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals (@DavisCupFinals) November 22, 2019
They must discover a method to deal with Nadal on Saturday, although, after the Spaniard dazzled on dwelling soil, crushing Diego Schwartzman in simply over an hour earlier than combining with Marcel Granollers within the decisive doubles.
Nadal and Granollers received previous Maximo Gonzalez and Leonardo Mayer 6-Four 4-6 6-3.
Within the different half of the draw, Russia got here out on prime in a decent, tense doubles contest to knock out Serbia.
Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov saved three match factors earlier than finally overcoming Viktor Troicki and Novak Djokovic 6-Four 4-6 7-6 (10-8), sparking wild celebrations.
Nonetheless, whereas a jubilant Russia will stay up for dealing with Canada subsequent, there was nothing however disappointment for a Serbia squad determined for achievement to reward the retiring Janko Tipsarevic’s service within the competitors.
Troicki supplied an apology in an emotional information convention, telling the media: “We had probabilities to complete it. We did not do it. I tousled within the essential moments.”
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