Davis Cup: Great Britain lost to the United States 2-1 in the opening group match

Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury
Great Britain is the only country to have competed in every Davis Cup since 1900
Group stage stadiums: Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Valencia dates: September 13-18
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Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury lost out in the late-night doubles as Great Britain were defeated 2-1 by the United States in the opening match of their Davis Cup group.

As the time approached 01:00 GMT in Glasgow, the pair lost 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 to Rajiv Ram and Jack Sock to settle a painful tie.

Britain’s Cameron Norrie fought to defeat Taylor Fritz and equalize after Dan Evans lost to Tommy Ball.

GB plays in two more matches in Glasgow as they target the knockout stage in November.

The British players observed a minute of silence at the start of the match, which was held in the Emirates Arena after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and the British players wore black armbands or armbands in the fourth group matches this week.

Great Britain will play the Netherlands on Friday and Kazakhstan on Sunday as they seek a place in the group.

Each country plays two singles matches and one doubles match against their group opponents in the best of three groups. Three other cities are hosting groups this week as 16 nations chase the spots in the November finals in Malaga.

Murray fails to win back Davis Cup team

Murray had spoken before the game of his “regret” for skipping the Davis Cup last year, saying he knew it was a “mistake” once he started watching the team play on TV.

He had also said he was not expecting to play here – but given that it was the three-time Scottish Grand Slam champion who received the biggest cheers of the night when his name was announced, it seemed unlikely he would be at some point this week.

Murray and Salisbury led 3-0 in the first set, but then lost three consecutive times before making the breakthrough in a lengthy 12th game that saw six draws, and netting the set on a third set point when Sock scored Murray’s goal. .

Murray and Salisbury had the advantage of playing Salisbury’s regular doubles partner Ram, with whom he retained the men’s doubles title at the US Open last week.

But that of course goes both ways and in the second set it was the Americans who found some rhythm.

After losing 3-1, Sock and Ram allowed the Brits to have just seven more points in the set as they forced the deciding set, which they won with Ram’s shot into the net after breaking them to advance 6-5.

There have been six group stage matches so far this week, and they have all gone into three groups.

The crowd raises my light but that’s not enough

The day started with a high-quality match between Evans and Paul, which was close to the competition as indicated by their world rankings, with the Briton ranking only four places higher than his American rival Paul at 25th in the world.

Evans was defeated 6-4 4-6 6-4, which meant that Nouri knew he had to win his match against Fritz to keep Great Britain tied.

Nouri was elusive throughout most of the match until he dominated the second set tie-breaker and ride the momentum to win 2-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-5.

The world number eight quickly found himself a double collapse at 5-1 as the first set escaped him as he paid for 12 non-forced fouls to his opponent’s four.

An early break in the second enabled Nouri to lead 3-0 but gave Fritz a break with a wild forehand.

With no music playing in the square as a sign of respect during the period of national mourning, it was up to the fans to create the atmosphere that could release their nori.

And they did.

Football-style chants and gourds played their part and then the Briton raised his decibel with a roar as he fended off a break point to hold 6-5.

A stubborn Fritz was forced to break the tie but Nouri now found some form that lifted him to the top of the rankings and took the helm.

He capitalized on Fritz’s double-fault and unleashed an overhead win to take three set points, converting the first when the American netted the net.

Nouri broke in the ninth game of the deciding set, but failed to serve victory as he sent a long backhand. But he didn’t make the same mistake the second time around when he asked, as Fritz went too long to send the crowd on their feet.

“Honestly, I owe everything to the fans. You guys were fantastic,” said Norrie, whose father David was from Glasgow and was in the stands watching.

“I wasn’t really playing my best, Taylor just went out shooting. I was able to get to the second set tiebreak, and I played really well in the tiebreak and then the third set as well.

“I loved the atmosphere. It’s great to be back in Glasgow and to play a game like this in front of you guys.”

But while the fans did their best to cheer Murray and Salisbury late into the night, the dream start to the group stage at home was not.

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