Davis Cup: ‘Great Britain should be excited for future,’ says Leon Smith

Andy Murray watched on as Mighty Britain missed out on a location within the final
2019 Davis Cup finals
Venue: Caja Magica, MadridDates: 18-24 November
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Captain Leon Smith says Mighty Britain would perhaps be by their possibilities of future success within the Davis Cup despite a heartbreaking semi-final defeat by a Rafael Nadal-impressed Spain in Madrid.

Doubles pair Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski lost the deciding rubber to Nadal and Feliciano Lopez in a 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (10-8) defeat.

It clinched a 2-1 win for hosts Spain, who play Canada in Sunday’s final.

“I await a terribly particular 2020,” Smith acknowledged.

Britain’s 5-man crew of Andy Murray, Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray and Skupski reached the last four of the inaugural season-ending finals, that are the brainchild of Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique, to be determined an computerized hassle in subsequent year’s occasion.

Edmund, 24, changed into as soon as the superstar participant for Britain, a hit all three of his singles rubbers in straight sets, despite a disappointing ATP season where he has slipped to 69th on the earth.

Andy Murray, 32, missed the last three matches after struggling for health for the length of a unhurried three-feature win over world number 179 Tallon Griekspoor within the outlet victory over the Netherlands.

Evans, who gained one in every of his four singles matches, is ranked because the British number 1, while Jamie Murray and Skupski are persevering with to make stronger as fresh doubles accomplice.

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Smith moreover pointed to Cameron Norrie and doubles participant Joe Salisbury – Britain’s sole representative on the most fresh ATP Finals – as an instance the depth at his disposal.

“All and sundry’s got their diversified chase to head on, but I bask in now we need to always be enraged by what now we bask in in British tennis,” acknowledged Smith, whose aspect moreover beat Kazakhstan and Germany.

“We’ve got so many reasonably plenty of issues going. I bask in it be corpulent, it be particular.

“With any luck each person can merely relief on that route and we strategy support right here subsequent year with an very good stronger crew than the solid crew now we already bask in.”

Spain’s victory sparked wild celebrations in Madrid’s Caja Magica arena

Jamie Murray and Skupski, who had an impressive week on his Davis Cup debut, might perhaps no longer convert any of four 2nd-feature facets towards world singles number 1 Nadal, 32, and 38-year-extinct Lopez in Saturday’s semi-final.

The Spanish pair, roared on by a boisterous home crowd within the Caja Magica, swung the momentum support of their favour and converted a 2nd match existing jog away the British contingent devastated.

“The emotion remains to be raw,” Smith told BBC Sport.

“You might perhaps perhaps perhaps also very effectively be inner a pair of facets of going into a deciding third feature after which it be sport on. There changed into as soon as nothing in it. I’m tickled with all of them.

“We’re hurting, but we have considered an unbelievable tie right here towards Spain, who’re arguably the strongest crew within the competitors, particularly with Rafa in it.

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“We’ve pushed them inner a pair of facets to a deciding feature to glimpse who goes into the final.

“To be triumphant in semi-finals is achievement, now we bask in strategy through tricky matches and tricky moments.

“All and sundry has stepped up and we’ll look support proudly on this.”

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