Davis Cup finals 2019: Great Britain beat Kazakhstan 2-1 to reach last eight. Great Britain secured their place in the knockout stage of the Davis Cup finals as Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski won their pivotal doubles match to clinch victory over Kazakhstan.
Murray and Skupski, knowing Britain would be eliminated if they lost, earned a 6-1 6-4 succes over Mikhail Kukushkin and Alexander Bublik. (Davis Cup finals 2019)
Britain will face Germany in the quarter-finals at 16:30 GMT on Friday.
Britain finished top of Group E, with Kazakhstan going out.
After being drawn in a favourable group alongside the Netherlands and Kazakhstan, Britain were always expected to reach the last eight at the new season-ending finals in Madrid.
However, their passageway was not as smooth as many may have predicted with both ties going the distance.
A 2-1 win over the Dutch in their opening group tie-in on Wednesday meant Britain knew they had to beat the Kazakhs on Thursday to go through, with even a narrow 2-1 defeat not enough to help them advance as one of the two best-placed runners-up.
Kyle Edmund stepped up in Andy Murray’s absence to give Britain the perfect start with a 6-3 6-3 win over Kukushkin in the first singles match.
British number one Dan Evans, knowing win would seal their progress, lost 5-7 6-4 6-1 against Bublik to ensure a winner-takes-all doubleds match played in a boisterous ambiance at the Caja Magica.
Jamie Murray and Skupski, stimulating his Davis Cup debut, raced through the first set in merely 25 minutes before needing to break twice in the second set to secure victory.
That left Murray serving for the match and the British pair took their second match point when Kukushkin skewed wide, leaving a healthy British contingent leaping to their feet and dancing in the stands.
Murray created both hands in the air on courtroom as Skupski jogged over to the British bench where he was mobbed by his team-mates and support staff.
Former world number one Andy Murray was among those congratulating Skupksi having been rested after a scratchy performance against world number 179 Tallon Griekspoor on Wednesday.
” We played a great match from start to finish. We started promptly, were aggressive and didn’t give them time to settle ,” said Jamie Murray.
” I don’t like to give them time, that’s my style and Neal did a great job, playing some great tennis. We’re so happy to get to the quarter-finals .”
Great Britain captain Leon Smith said:” We should be confident now and we’ve got a good squad to choose from. Everyone has had a chance to play too, which is important .”
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