Dan Evans’ biggest win since Wimbledon helps keep the ATP Cup of Great Britain alive after seeing Belgium in a must-win group clash
- Then Evans surprised David Goffin to beat the Belgian 6-4 6-4 in Sydney
- Double play Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury then won to secure the win for GB
- Great Britain will now take on Moldova on Tuesday in the hope of booking a quarter-final
Dan Evans won his biggest win since Wimbledon to preserve Great Britain in the inaugural ATP Cup in Sydney.
Need to beat Belgium to stay alive after their first day the defeat of Group C by Bulgaria, Britain started the worst possible start when Cameron Norrie suffered an unexpected defeat against veteran Steve Darcis.
The British number 1 Evans, however, defeated world No. 11 David Goffin 6-4 6-4 to send the draw to a decisive rubber and double play Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury duly required with a 6-3 7-6 (7) victory over Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen.
Dan Evans rushed to excellent straight sets and won David Goffin in Sydney
Evans, who slipped a lead of one set against the former world Nr. 3 from Grigor Dimitrov, prevailed during most of his first encounters with Goffin, despite winning only 57 percent of his service points.
He secured all three of his breakpoints in the first set but was himself broken twice when both men struggled to keep duty.
The 29-year-old Brit finally served the first set and broke his opponent twice early in the second to race in a 4-0 lead.
However, Goffin played three games in a row to stop the rotting and set up a nerve-racking finish.
Evans’ surprising win over Goffin helped keep Britain’s chances in the ATP Cup alive
Great Britain is currently in a position to advance to the quarter-finals as the best number two
Evans wasted four match points and was forced to save a breakpoint before finally gaining the first top 20 victory after an hour and 48 minutes since eliminating Nikoloz Basilashvili in Wimbledon last year.
Murray and Salisbury lost their decisive game against Dimitrov and Alexandar Lazarov on Friday, but recovered the Ken Rosewall Arena with a battle victory in which they denied their opponents a single breaking point.
The British broke in the fourth game and served the first set 6-3, but there was little to choose between their pair in the second set.
Gille and Vliegen led 3-0 and 5-3 in the tiebreaker before Murray and Salisbury were tied twice and the British wasted a match point before finally taking the breaker 9-7.
Previously, Darcis only needed one hour and 12 minutes to beat world No. 53 Norrie 6-2 6-4.
Ranked No. 11 in the world, Goffin’s defeat by Evans came as a big surprise
The 35-year-old Belgian has announced that he will retire after the Australian Open, but achieved his best win since beating Adrian Mannarino at an ATP Challenger Tour event in Lisbon last May.
The new 24-country tournament consists of six groups of four teams. Each country plays three round-robin bands that consist of two single games and one double.
Bulgaria previously took their place in the last eight by beating Moldova 2-1.
Alex De Minaur from Australia gathered from a set-down to win for the second time in a 20-year-old fight when he conquered Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-7 (6) 6-4 6-2 to win the draw. to conquer the homeland.
Earlier, John Millman filled in more than enough for an injured Nick Kyrgios, who was sidelined due to back pain, to beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4 6-2 and double pair Chris Guccione and John Peers completed the sweep.