Britain seize Davis Cup initiative

Evans On First For GB

Evans On First For GB

A win in one of Sunday's two singles matches will give Britain victory in their tie.

Istomin will be chasing his 50th Davis Cup victory this weekend and a clean sweep of his singles rubbers will see him achieve that target.

The set went to a tie-break and amid a flurry of poor service returns and unforced errors Istomin netted and Murray and Inglot levelled the match.

Great Britain have lost their last two doubles rubbers - against Spain and France - but Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot are a tried and trusted duo.

The momentum was firmly with the home side and they broke Fayziev once more to wrap up the victory.

It means a win for Cameron Norrie against Istomin, or Dan Evans against Jurabek Karimov, will seal a historic victory of sorts. "We were so close to being two sets to love down, then we relaxed a bit and played really well in the last two sets".

Murray arrived at the tie just a week after winning the US Open mixed doubles title and he and Wimbledon doubles semi-finalist Inglot were favourites to beat an Uzbek pair ranked 448 and 472 in doubles.

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Great Britain's five-year stint in the Davis Cup World Group may not be under immediate threat considering the current structure is set to be revamped heading into next year's edition, but they will not like to envisage a scenario where they head into next February's qualifying round as an unseeded proposition.

Those struggles continued in the second and despite having four chances to break, they couldn't find a way through until the tense breaker.

For the first couple of hours on Saturday it looked as though Murray would sign off on a bum note.

Three consecutive breaks of serve in the third left Britain out in front and a second break of the Fayziev serve allowed Murray to serve it out. "It certainly helps to get a seeding next year for the February play-offs, but it's much more than that".

The 23-year-old Norrie raced through the first set in 19 minutes and had a match point in the third-set tie-break, but ended up going down 0-6, 5-7, 7-6 (8/6), 6-2, 6-2.

But the British pair raised their game in time, and won comfortably in the end. "Fortunately I was able to recover quickly and I'll be ready for Sunday's reverse singles", he said.

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