One win needed
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JAMIE Murray and Dom Inglot gave Team GB two bites of the cherry or should that be maple syrup waffle in the land of the Maple Leaf when they combined to give the visitors a 2-1 lead in the first-round Davis Cup tie against Canada in Ottawa.
There’s still a lot of tennis. We’ve been in these situations before…
It means either Dan Evans or Kyle Edmund can clinch overall victory in the reverse singles to seal a quarter-final in France, whom GB beat at the same stage on route to Cup glory in 2015.
Leon Smith, the captain who guided GB to the trophy two years ago, said: “There’s still a lot of tennis. We’ve been in these situations before. The good thing is it gives you two cracks at it and gives everyone a lot of confidence.
“It does feel good going into the team room, it feels like the momentum is with you, and we’ve got two very good players that we can prepare for Sunday.”
Murray and Inglot overcame Daniel Nestor, in his 50th tie, and Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3..
And Murray, the world doubles No.1 at the end of 2016, said: “Both teams knew how important this match was to give them a lead going into Sunday.
“It was 50/50 going into the match. We knew it would be a close game because of the surface, how everyone was serving on the court and because we all know how to play doubles.”
Evans gets the first chance to seal the win against Pospisil with Edmund lined up for the final rubber against Denis Shapovalov.
Murray and Inglot were charged with getting GB back on track after Edmund surprisingly lost to Pospisil following an opening win for Evans over Shapovalov. 17, the Junior Wimbledon champion.
And they rose to the occasion in their third tie together on a quick surface with a disciplined performance to defeat their hosts in three hours.
It was a commendable effort with Nestor, 44, a serial Grand Slam champion, and Pospisil a Wimbledon doubles champion. Indeed, the Canadians had a higher combined ranking.
It was nip and tuck as it took a tiebreak to separate the two pairs during the first three sets.
The writing was on the wall for the hosts when the British pair took command of the match when Pospisil gifted a mini-break in the third-set tie-break.
Murray and Inglot broke the serve of Pospisil, who seemed to be struggling due to injury and a heavy schedule, in the fourth before securing the triumph; the outstanding Inglot served out.
Murray, the elder brother of resting world No.1 Andy who celebrated his seventh doubles Cup win in a row, said: “As the match went on we started to start the points better and make a few returns. And I think they got a bit tired as well.
“The surface was not easy, it was hard on the joints. Vasek played yesterday and Daniel is older than us, so there was no excuse for us not to outlast them.
“We did a great job, we stayed strong in the important moments. It was fine margins.”
Îà Quotes from BBC.