3 - 12 January 2020

ATP Cup

Brisbane/Perth/Sydney, Australia

ATP Cup: Brits fall to Australia in quarter-final thriller

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Great Britain's brilliant ATP Cup run was brought to an end in the early hours of Friday morning as Australia seized an edge-of-your-seat 2-1 quarter-final victory. 

Cam Norrie faced Nick Kyrgios in the opening rubber which went to the host nation as the Australian world No.29 maintained his impressive form to capture a 6-2, 6-2 win. 

It was then up to Dan Evans to level the tie to keep Great Britain's semi-final hopes alive. With two wins under his belt after defeating Belgium's world No.11 David Goffin and Moldova's world No.46 Radu Albot, he had momentum on his side as he returned to Ken Rosewall Arena to face world No.18 Alex De Minaur. 

The pair, who have met just once before on Tour, treated fans to an epic contest in what went on to be the longest match of the ATP Cup so far. After three hours and 24 minutes of phenomenal play, the British No.1 converted his fifth match point to clinch a 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(2) win. 

Britain's fate fell in the hands of Joe Salisbury and Jamie Murray in the decisive doubles up against Kyrgios and De Minaur. The Brits started strong and took the opening set 6-3, but the Aussies showed their grit and fought back to take the second 6-3.

In a deciding championship tie-break that Kyrgios described as 'the most stressful I've ever played in my life', the host nation was the side to prevail as they saved four match points before going on to win the marathon 3-6, 6-3, [18-16]. 

The Brits will now turn their focus on the Australian Open, where they'll bid to further the impressive starts they've made to their 2020 seasons.

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