22-28 November 2021

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La Caja Mágica, Madrid

Davis Cup: GB fall to Spain in thrilling semi-final

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  • 23/11/2019

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GB's incredible Davis Cup Finals run came to an end in the early hours of Sunday morning as Spain secured a tight 2-1 triumph. 

Edmund defeats Madrid's own Lopez 

Kyle Edmund opened GB's final-four clash and continued his epic form to defeat Feliciano Lopez on a packed Centre Court at Caja Magica. His feat gave the Brits a 1-0 lead to secure a place in the final of the inaugural Davis Cup Finals.  

Edmund kickstarted the match with an ace and broke Lopez in his first service game before winning a third consecutive game to make it 3-0. That one break was all that was needed as he went on to take the first set 6-3. 

Lopez proved a tougher test in the second set and was in touching distance of forcing a decider, but even at 15-40 at 4-5, Edmund dug deep to save two set points and make it 5-5. The next two games went on serve to force a tie-break and the British No.2 got off to a terrific start, finding himself with five match points at 6-1. The Spaniard hung in for two more points but Edmund struck on his third opportunity to clinch a mighty 6-3, 7-6(3) win. 

Evans falls to world No.1 Nadal

Dan Evans was next on up against world No.1 Rafa Nadal. The British No.1 had a strong first set and kept the Spaniard on the run right until 4-5 when Nadal got the crucial break to take it 6-4. He went on to reflect his world ranking and sealed a 6-4, 6-0 win. 

Skupski and Murray miss out in epic doubles contest 

The pressure was on for Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski who faced Lopez and Nadal in a dramatic doubles decider. The opening set went to the wire, but it was Spain who clinched it with victory in the tie-break, and without a break in the second, it went down to another tie-break that went in favour to the Spaniards, resulting to a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8) win.  

By finishing in the final four, the Brits qualified for next year's Davis Cup Finals, so they can return for another shot at reclaiming the trophy they lifted for the tenth time in 2015. 

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