Great Britain eliminated from ATP Cup despite victory over United States | Tennis News

Victories by Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime secure Canada a place in the semi-finals, with Britain’s time in the ATP Cup coming to an end despite Dan Evans and Jamie Murray’s victory over the US duo of Taylor Fritz and John Isner

Last updated: 06/01/22 13:56


Cameron Norrie in action against Taylor Fritz of the United States

Great Britain are out of the ATP Cup despite finishing Group C matches with a win over the United States.

Dan Evans and Jamie Murray had kept Britain with a chance to reach the semifinals of the Sydney event as they battled after a set and a break against US duo Taylor Fritz and John Isner to triumph 6-7 (3) 7 – 5 10-8.

This ensured the British team a 2-1 win in the draw and left them needing Germany to win the next match against Canada in order to advance.

But Denis Shapovalov’s victories over Jan-Lennard Struff (7-6 (5) 4-6 6-3) and then Felix Auger-Aliassime over Alexander Zverev (6-4 4-6 6-3) saw the Canadians advance instead to a semifinal match with the reigning champions of Russia.

Daniel Evans and Jamie Murray had recovered from a set-and-a-break to beat Americans Taylor Fritz and John Isner 6-7 (3), 7-5, 10-8 to keep Britain's hopes alive

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Daniel Evans and Jamie Murray had recovered from a set-and-a-break to beat Americans Taylor Fritz and John Isner 6-7 (3), 7-5, 10-8 to keep Britain’s hopes alive

Daniel Evans and Jamie Murray had recovered from a set-and-a-break to beat Americans Taylor Fritz and John Isner 6-7 (3), 7-5, 10-8 to keep Britain’s hopes alive

Great Britain, who had beaten Germany 2-1 and then lost 2-0 to Canada earlier in the group, went on to doubles showdown with the United States after Evans beat Isner 6-4 7-6 (3) and Cameron Norrie was then defeated 7-6 (4) 3-6 6-1 by Fritz.

Evans and Murray had already won a decisive match against Germany and produced another impressive show.

Evans told the ATP website, “Jamie talked to me throughout the game. I don’t call anything, he calls everything, I’m just going.

“It makes my job a lot easier when I have him all over the place, so I basically run around and hope he dries him.”

Murray added, “We were just hustling. We kept saying, ‘Just try to get the ball back into play, start the point,’ and then we tried to use our skills.

“We played a great point to recover at 4-2, we got some momentum and played a great tiebreak, which is ultimately what it boils down to so many times.”

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