Neal Skupski and Dan Evans refused to hit the panic button on thrilling Davis Cup return


eal Skupski said he and doubles partner Dan Evans refused to hit the panic button despite four match points in their must-win match against France in a thrilling Davis Cup match on Sunday night.

With the score at 1-1 after the singles, Great Britain’s place in the round of 16 in Malaga in November rested on Evans and Skupski facing Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Evans recovered from three match points on his serve at 4-5 while Skupski had to defend just one match point while serving at 5-6. Both men held on to win 1-6, 7-6, 7-6.

Despite the nail-biting nature of the match, Skupski said, “There was no panic. We have just moved on to the next point. I knew if we somehow pulled this game off, the momentum was going to shift in our favor.

Evans proved himself Britain’s man of the hour after also recovering from a set down in the first singles match to beat Arthur Fils in front of a partisan crowd of 13,000 at the AO Arena in Manchester.

Afterwards, Evans said: “Singles is singles and I feel comfortable on that court, but doubles was chaos. I kept telling Neal “we have a chance, we have a chance” and we both kept going. We stayed together.

“The Davis Cup is the reason I played tennis in the first place. I remember watching the Birmingham games, which finished late on a Sunday evening. It was really my first introduction to professional tennis.

“So it’s emotional. You want to be with these guys in the final. This is a very proud moment for me and for the team.

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