Davis Cup 2022: Great Britain exit in Finals group stages
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Great Britain have gone out of the 2022 Davis Cup Finals in the group stages – finishing third in Group D.
The Brits’ chances of qualification for the Finals came to an end after two close losses to USA and Netherlands in deciding doubles matches. Returning on Sunday and playing for pride, the Brits finished their campaign in Glasgow with a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan.
"It’s been tough – I think everyone here would have loved a trip to Malaga in November," said Britain's captain, Leon Smith.
"We’ve had chances in every match and it just felt like it wasn’t going our way this week, but I think it’s great to finish with a win. I’m really glad we bought the Davis Cup to Glasgow and I have to say a big thank you to the fans."
Netherlands and USA both progress as the top two teams in the group and will have the chance to compete for the title later this year at the Finals in Malaga. They will be joined by Italy, Croatia, Australia, Germany, Canada and Spain as the best performing teams from the other three groups.
Britain’s singles stars enjoyed mixed success throughout the week. Cam Norrie kicked off with an impressive comeback win over world No.12 Taylor Fritz, but lost out to strong performances from Botic van de Zandschlup and Alexander Bublik.
Dan Evans narrowly lost in three-sets to Tommy Paul in the Brits opener, but bounced back with a comfortable 6-4, 6-4 victory over Tallon Griekspoor. Andy Murray came in for the third tie against Kazakhstan and clinched his 41st Davis Cup win up against Dmitry Popko.
Murray and world No.1 Joe Salisbury suffered devastating losses in two high-quality deciding rubbers against USA and Netherlands. Rajeev Ram and Jack Sock came from a set down to defeat the Brits 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, while Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop won arguably the match of the group 7-6(0), 6-7(6), 6-3.
However, teaming up with Neal Skupski, Salisbury made it third time lucky as the Brits secured the Brits their first tie win of the tournament against Bublik and Aleksandr Nedovysev - coming through 7-6(2), 6-7(9), 7-6(4).