Davis Cup: Great Britain beat the United States 1-0 in the opening group tie


Great Britain is the only nation to have participated in every edition of the Davis Cup since 1900
Group stage venues: Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Valencia Dates: September 13-18
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Dan Evans narrowly lost to Tommy Paul to leave Great Britain 1-0 behind the United States after the opening match of their Davis Cup group stage.

He beat the British number two 6-4 4-6 6-4 in an absorbing encounter.

British number one Cameron Norrie will face Taylor Fritz in the second singles rubber before meeting Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury in the doubles.

A minute’s silence was observed at the start of the tie in Glasgow after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

British players donned black armbands or armbands for all three ties this week.

In the changes, the usual music was absent as a mark of respect during the national period of mourning, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t noisy inside the arena, and Evans tried to feed the singing and drumming of the home crowd.

The contest was as close as their world rankings suggested, with the Brit ranked four places higher than her American opponent at world No.25, and the pair traded breaks twice in the opening set of a quality match.

Evans then saved three set points as she served at 4-5, including a brilliant backhand down the line, but eventually fell in the fourth when she misfired.

The Briton, who waved frequently to the fans for the cheers he immediately received from the Emirates Arena, was broken in the fifth game of the second when Paul missed the line and Evans raised his level to take control.

Evans improved her serve level in the second set – from winning just 45% of her service points in the first to 89% in the second – and had no break points as she took the match to a decisive third set. Paul could only return with a serve.

The Brit broke down in the third, but quickly fought back and, while saving two match points in the final game, sealed the victory in the third when he landed a backhand.

That means the hosts must win their remaining singles and doubles matches on Wednesday to clinch a tiebreaker.

It is the first of three teams Great Britain will play in Glasgow this week, against the Netherlands on Friday and Kazakhstan on Sunday.

Each nation plays two singles matches and one doubles match against their team opponents in a best-of-three group format.

There are three more cities hosting teams this week as 16 nations seek places in the finals in Malaga in November. The first two in each group will qualify.

In their Group D opener on Tuesday, the Netherlands beat Kazakhstan 2-1.