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GB in Davis Cup shootout agony

- By MIKE DICKSON Tennis Correspond­ent

A FAMILIAR tale of German superiorit­y in shootouts saw Great Britain eliminated in the Davis Cup quarter-finals last night. After Dan Evans had put GB one up at a locked down Innsbruck Olympiahal­le, neither Cam Norrie nor the British doubles pairing could grab their chances in two desperatel­y tight matches. Germany now head on to the climax of the event in Madrid, thanks to a 7-6, 7-6 victory for Tim Puetz and Kevin Krawietz over fellow top-20 players Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski. Just when the GB duo looked set to take a supremely high-quality encounter into a decider, they subsided from 5-0 up in the tiebreak to lose it 7-5 amid a flurry of winners. In a marathon first tiebreak, they had four set points and saved three before going down 12-10.

Earlier, Britain had the opportunit­y to put the tie out of reach before Norrie was eventually worn down by a relentless performanc­e from the huge-hitting Jan-Lennard Struff. The British No 1 served for the first set at 6-5 and had two set points in the ensuing tiebreak, only to lose the last four points after getting into a 6-4 lead. He looked weary in the decider, conceding the last four games to go down 7-6, 3-6, 6-2. First up, Evans had made light of a late switch from Germany which saw Peter Gojowczyk come in for Dominik Koepfer. Despite having prepared to meet a left-hander, Evans thrashed his opponent 6-2, 6-1.

 ?? AP ?? Doubles trouble: Salisbury (right) and Skupski are edged out
AP Doubles trouble: Salisbury (right) and Skupski are edged out

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