Davis Cup: Dan Evans wins to put Great Britain 1-0 up against the Netherlands


British second Dan Evans is ranked 25th in the world
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Dan Evans put Great Britain 1-0 up against the Netherlands in the Davis Cup semi-finals, which they must win to have any chance of reaching the knockout stages.

Evans, who lost his first match in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to the USA, beat Tallon Griekspoor 6-4, 6-4.

Cameron Norrie plays against Botic van de Zandschulp in the second singles in Glasgow on Friday.

Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury will play doubles against Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop.

A minute’s silence was observed again before kick-off and the tie is being played without the usual inter-match music as a mark of respect during the national mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

With the United States having won both of their Group D games, and the Netherlands winning their match against Kazakhstan, the changes to this tie are simple: if Great Britain loses, they will not qualify for November’s playoffs in Malaga.

Evans gave the home side hope when he broke through in the opening ninth game, when a lucky rebound from the Briton at the net went long for Griekspoor.

Ranked 23 places ahead of his Dutch opponent, who is ranked 25th in the world, Evans had more variety in his game and was prone to some excellent passing, such as the one that broke three points at 3-3 in the second set.

A backhand down the line sealed the break and the Briton held his nerve to leap into the Emirates Arena celebration to claim victory.

Evans, who beat American Tommy Paul in a high-quality three-set match on Wednesday, praised the crowd for creating an “amazing atmosphere”.

“We’re incredibly lucky to get that home support and it was a fantastic game. I’m really happy for everyone,” said the 32-year-old.

“He [Griekspoor] it served incredibly well. It’s frustrating at times, it can pay off the court. I stayed calm and he got me through.”