Davis Cup finals 2019: Great Britain beat Kazakhstan 2-1 to reach last eight
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By Jonathan Jurejko
BBC Sport in Madrid
Excellent Britain secured their position in the knockout stage of their Davis Cup finals as Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski won their doubles game to clinch victory.
Skupski and murray, realizing if they dropped Britain will be eliminated, earned a 6-1 6-4 victory over Mikhail Kukushkin and Alexander Bublik.
Britain will face Germany in the.
Britain finished top of Group E, using Kazakhstan.
After being drawn in a favourable group alongside Kazakhstan and the Netherlands, Britain were constantly expected to hit the last eight in the brand new season-ending finals in Madrid.
Their passage wasn’t as easy with the two ties going the distance as many may have predicted.
A 2-1 win over the Dutch in their starting team tie Wednesday meant Britain knew they needed to conquer the Kazakhs on Thursday to go through, with a narrow 2-1 defeat not sufficient to help them advance among the two best-placed runners-up.
Andy Murray’s lack to give Britain the beginning with a win over Kukushkin from the first singles match was awakened in by kyle Edmund.
British number one Dan Evans, knowing their progress would be sealed by victory, lost 5-7 6-4 6-1 against Bublik to make sure a doubles match played at a atmosphere in the Caja Magica.
Skupski and jamie Murray raced during the first set in only 25 minutes before needing to split in the second set to secure victory.
That left Murray serving for the British set and also the game took their second game point when Kukushkin skewed wide, leaving a healthy British determined and dance in the racks.
As Skupski jogged over to the bench at which he had been mobbed by his team-mates and service team murray raised both hands.
Former world number one Andy Murray was one of those congratulating Skupksi was rested following a scratchy performance against world number 179 Tallon Griekspoor on Wednesday.
“We played a great game from start to finish. We started quickly, were aggressive and didn’t provide them time to settle,” said Jamie Murray.
“I really don’t prefer to give them time, that is my style and Neal did a terrific job, playing some excellent tennis. We are so happy for to the quarter-finals.”
Excellent Britain captain Leon Smith stated:”We ought to be convinced now and we’ve got a fantastic squad to choose from. Everybody has had a chance to play too, which will be crucial.”
Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique has overseen this competition’s transformation to some season-ending’World Cup of Tennis’, that sees the 18 countries split into six groups of three.
The six group winners qualify for the eight with the two best-placed runners up joining them.
The quarter-final line-up is:
Australia take on Canada later from the very first last-eight tie on Thursday, with the other 3 ties.
Even the quarter-final winners will perform to Saturday at the previous four before the previous two nations meet for the best to lift just one of tennis’ most prestigious trophies.
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