Dan Evans
British number two Dan Evans had put his team ahead before defeat for Cameron Norrie
Group stage venues: Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Valencia Dates: 13-18 September
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Great Britain must beat the Netherlands in the doubles of their Davis Cup tie to have a chance of making the knockout stage after defeat for Cameron Norrie.

Dan Evans beat Tallon Griekspoor 6-4 6-4 to put the hosts ahead but Norrie lost 6-4 6-2 to Botic van de Zandschulp to put the Group D tie at 1-1.

Norrie was comprehensively outplayed to set up a nail-biting finale in Glasgow.

Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury are set to face Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop in the doubles at 19:20 BST.

A minute’s silence was held again before play started and the tie is being played without the usual music between games, as a mark of respect during the period of national mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

With the United States having won both of their Group D ties, and the Netherlands triumphing in their opener against Kazakhstan, the permutations in this tie are straightforward – if Great Britain lose they cannot qualify for November’s knockout stage in Malaga.

Evans gave the home crowd hope when he broke in the ninth game of the opener, a lucky bounce off the net that the Briton converted when Griekspoor went long with a forehand.

Ranked 23 places above his Dutch opponent at 25th in the world, Evans had more variety in his game and a propensity for a brilliant passing shot, such as the one that set up three break points at 3-3 in the second set.

A backhand down the line sealed the break and the Briton then held his nerve to serve out a victory that sent the packed Emirates Arena leaping to their feet in celebration.

But their joy was short-lived when British number one Norrie put in a below-par showing against world number 35 Van de Zandschulp, whom he had beaten 6-1 6-2 just a few weeks ago in Canada.

Norrie, who had also been out of sorts in his match against American Taylor Fritz on Wednesday before turning it around, was unable to recover from a poor start after being broken in the third game of the first set.

Although he saved three set points, he could do nothing about the fourth and was then immediately broken at the start of the second.

Van de Zandschulp was dominant on serve, racking up 13 aces, and also hit 18 winners to Norrie’s four in a thoroughly deserved win that he said had been one of his best matches ever.

“I think I played almost a perfect match,” he said. “Served amazing and made very little mistakes in the rallies.”


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