Davis Cup 2022: Great Britain knocked out in doubles decider against Netherlands
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Get all the latest updates and follow the action from Great Britain's second Davis Cup Finals match against Netherlands.
Result: Great Britain 1-2 Netherlands
Tale of the tie
- Great Britain miss out on qualification for the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga with loss to Netherlands
- Doubles duo Joe Salisbury and Andy Murray narrowly lose decider against Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop
- Cam Norrie loses out to Botic van de Zandschlup 6-4, 6-2
- Dan Evans defeated Tallon Griekspoor 6-4, 6-4
- Get all the live scores from the Davis Cup here
Before the tie could begin, both the teams and the Emirates Arena crowd observed a minutes silence in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Match three - Salisbury and Murray lose out in doubles heart-breaker
Joe Salisbury and Andy Murray finished on the wrong side of another epic doubles decider at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, as Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop secured a 7-6(0), 6-7(6), 6-3 win to send the Dutch team through to the Finals.
The Brits showed iron defence in the opening game to come from 40-15 down to break the Dutch team straight away. Both Salisbury and Murray had to show lightning reflexes to block an onslaught of attack from their opponents before the world No.1’s killer smash set off a roar from the crowd.
With Salisbury serving with a 4-3 lead, Koolhof and Middelkoop asserted their dominance at the net to break the Brits to love and win 10 of 11 points to take the lead themselves.
It was advantage Netherlands in the tie-break after clinching the early mini break as they raced 4-0 ahead. The first set was all but wrapped up with Middelkoop bouncing up from falling on the ground to tuck away a volley, closing out with a return winner.
In contrast to a frantic, fast-paced first set, it returned to business as usual at the start of the second with both teams holding comfortably. Koolhof put an end to the Brits one and only break point at 3-2, with his big serve getting the Dutch team out of trouble.
Playing in his 50th match for the British Davis Cup team, Murray fired the pair to a 5-4 lead with a big service game, but they couldn’t find the all-important break - another tie-break came calling.
Murray saved a second mini-break at 5-4 down with a textbook backhand return, before Salisbury blasted a flat first serve down the tee to defend match point. Luck favoured the Brits on their one and only set point as Murray’s return clipped the net, forcing an error from Koolhof at the net. With their Davis Cup dreams alive by the skin of their teeth the British bench and fans went wild in celebration… game on!
There was danger for the Brits in the third game of the decider on Salisbury’s serve as a couple of clean winners set up 0-30 on what would become a marathon game. Led by the world No.4 Koolhof, the Dutch duo worked up two break points, but with their competition place on the line, Salisbury kept his cool as the Brits stayed on level terms.
Middelkoop struggled to find his first serve at 3-3 and Salisbury read the Dutchman’s second serve like a book, picking him off three times on the return. Despite the Brits best efforts, Koolhof and Middelkoop just continued to dig themselves out of a hole with an array of outrageous pick-ups as they saved two break points to hold.
With the tension building and the confidence flowing with the Dutch side after a pivotal hold, they struck while the iron was hot. All the tough holds and lengthy games took their toll as mistakes from both players gifted Koolhof and Middelkoop a break to love before serving out the victory in one of the matches of the tournament so far.
Match two - Cam Norrie defeated by strong performance from Botic van de Zandschlup
The tie was forced to a doubles decider after British No.1 Cam Norrie 6-4, 6-2 to a near faultless Botic van de Zandschlup.
After a slow start in his opening match against Taylor Fritz, it looked like this match might follow a similar fashion as Norrie produced a flurry of errors to gift the Dutchman an early break for 2-1.
Norrie had to fight hard not to go another break down after Van de Zandschlup rifled a brace of winners past the Brit as he approached the net but the Dutch star continued to have the upper-hand.
The power generated off both wings from Van de Zandschlup caused Norrie all sorts of problems, but the Dutchman’s serve was the difference maker. Despite the British No.1 growing into the set and pushing the Dutch star to a nine minute service game at 5-4, he bombed two aces in a row to take a one set lead.
There were nervy moments at the start of the second as Norrie made yet more uncharacteristic errors to open the door for his opponent to fully take control.
A quarter-finalist at the US Open last year and having made the fourth round of Wimbledon this year – Van de Zandschlup has been in inspired form since arriving in Glasgow and unlike Fritz, he refused to give Norrie a way back into the match. Not just a powerhouse, the Dutchman showed brilliant touch on a dropshot, lob combination to break for a second time for 5-2 and finished with an impeccable serving record, with 27 of 32 points on first serve.
Match one - Dan Evans gives Brits the early advantage
Dan Evans gave Great Britain an early lead against Netherlands, thanks to an impressive 6-4, 6-4 win over world No.48 Tallon Griekspoor in one hour 40 minutes.
"I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who stayed out the other evening and those who have come out today," said Evans.
"It’s an amazing atmosphere and I love playing in Britain, especially here in Glasgow, which is a home away from home for Davis Cup. We’re incredibly lucky to get the home support and it was an amazing match."
Evans’s quality was on show from the start with the British No.2 forcing a break point opportunity after a trademark backhand down the line winner, but the Dutchman hung on with a series on strong first serves.
Both players found success coming into the net as the pair traded holds in a highly competitive contest. He kept Griekspoor at bay in a lengthy service game for 4-4 and bounced back straight away to set up his second break point of the match thanks to the help of the net cord. Griekspoor, while strong off the first serve, found it difficult to generate momentum off his second serve – winning just 40% of points – and it proved a weakness in the biggest moment of the set as Evans took the opening break of the match.
Moving through the gears, Evans saw the set out with an aggressive service game to cement a commanding lead.
Griekspoor fired back with a love service game to open the second set and took the game to Evans with a break point chance of his own. However, the Brit was quick to nullify the attack with pinpoint accuracy off his serve.
Just like in the first set, Evans raised his game at just the right moment. Sensing his chance at 3-3, 0-30, he produced an outrageous forehand winner on the run to set up three break points and edged one step closer to victory with yet another stunning passing shot.
For all his efforts, Griekspoor couldn’t catch a break against the relentless consistency from Evans’s end of the court. The world No.25 only hit one unforced error throughout as he put the Brits one win to the good.