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- - GREAT BRITAIN BEAT RUSSIA TO WIN DAVIS CUP TIE 3-2. EVANS 6-4 6-4 6-1 - Donskoy looks drained as Evans takes the first two points. I imagine Leon Smith is pinching himself; today has been utterly ridiculous. Dan Evans earns two match points with a stunning forehand. The first is saved with an outswinging serve... But the next point sees Donskoy sent a forehand wide. Great Britain have turned around a 2-0 deficit for the first time in 83 years. The team are jumping up and down. Amazing scenes.
- - EVANS 6-4 6-4 5-1 - A short Donskoy return is pounced upon as Evans duly puts it away before a framed shot from the Russian hurtles into the net. 30-0. Ace. 40-0. Brief respite for the Russian who sends a forehand into the corner, but still two more chances for Great Britain to move within a game of the most remarkable comeback. Evans smashes the ball home, it’s 5-1. He’s almost there...
- - EVANS 6-4 6-4 4-1 - Donskoy can barely win a point! He’s being dismantled and made to look like your average park player as Evans races into a 15-40 lead. Donskoy saves the break points, and earns a game point with a slow shot down the line. A sweeping forehand on the baseline gets Donskoy on the board in this set.
- - EVANS 6-4 6-4 4-0 - A delicious one handed backhand normally synonymous with a certain Mr Federer gets Evans to 40-15 and a netted Donskoy return gives Evans a four game advantage in the third set. Leon Smith’s decision to pick Evans has, so far, been vindicated.
- - EVANS 6-4 6-4 3-0 - Evans wins three more points on the Russian’s serve to earn a nice set of break points. He’s now won all 11 points in this set. Donskoy reacts well, reeling off the next three points to get to 40-40. A solid return earns Evans another break point. And it’s fourth time lucky again as he plays a wonderful point, pulling the Russian all over the place, before tucking away a volley. I’ve said it already – Evans is a Davis Cup master.
- - EVANS 6-4 6-4 2-0 - Evans moving through the gears as he holds convincingly. This is blistering tennis from the Brit.
- - EVANS 6-4 6-4 1-0 - Evans breaks to love in one of the quickest games in tennis history. Anyone thinking Evans will bottle it? Remember, Ward was also two sets and a break up against Donskoy before the Russia came back strongly to take the rubber.
- - EVANS WINS SECOND SET 6-4 - Great Britain have only come back from a 2-0 Davis Cup deficit on one occasion – and that was 83 years ago. No one’s told Dan Evans though as he rips through his service game to take the second set. Evans, ranked 245 places below his opponent, has completely outclassed Donskoy.
- - EVANS 6-5 5-4 - Oh dear, Evans leaves a looping shot and awaits the cry of ‘Out!’. But it doesn’t come and he’s left rather red faced. However Donskoy soon gives the line judge a far easier call as he fires miles past the baseline to gift Evans a break point. And boy does he take it, what a cross court forehand. The pendulum swings back the way of Great Britain.
- - EVANS 6-4 4-4 - Donskoy hoists a lob high into the Midlands sky which is met by a superb midcourt smash from Evans. However Evans sends a backhand into the tramlines and it’s another break point for Donskoy. The Brit saves it with some gutsy shots but gifts his opponent a second opportunity as he snatches at a volley. He saves it, then creates a game point for himself but fires narrowly wide with the court gaping. Doesn’t matter though, two straight points give Evans a crucial hold.
- - EVANS 6-4 3-4 - Donskoy starting to impose himself belatedly on proceedings as he pounces on an opponent currently wilting. Blur’s Song 2 blares out across the Ricoh as Donskoy holds – a desperate attempt from the resident DJ to create a better atmosphere. Come on Coventry, get into it!
- - EVANS 6-4 3-3 - A double fault coupled with two solid points from Donskoy and the Russian has three break points. Evans shows great reflexes to save the first, reaching wide at the net, but he can’t control a powerful Russian return and we’re back all square in the second set.
- - EVANS 6-4 3-2 - Now that’s better from the Russian. When the points are on his terms he is a quality player, no question. The problem is when he’s being moved about. Comfortable hold anyway. Great to see some Russian flags being paraded in the stands. Their man needs all the help he can get.
- - EVANS 6-4 3-1 - It might just be my less than perfect vision, but it does appear like a few spectators have left the Ricoh Arena. I know it’s a Sunday, but come on... What better reason to get fired than oversleeping because of an epic Davis Cup match? This is really impressive from Evans who holds without any cause for concern.
- - EVANS 6-4 2-1 - Donskoy is struggling to deal with Evans’ range of shots, and the Brit finds himself with a break point. Ward nets a very playable forehand and we’re at 40-40. He earns two more break points with great returns, but sends two forehands careering out the court at the crucial moment. Going for it a bit too much. However a superbly constructed point gets him another chance. Fourth time lucky? You bet, the players get into a rally which ends with a ballooned Russian shot.
- - EVANS 6-4 1-1 - If it’s straight baseline rally Donskoy would win 9/10. But when Evans mixes it up and manoeuvres his opponent about the odds are reversed. Good service game from Evans.
- - EVANS 6-4 0-1 - Donskoy gets his forehand on the go and asserts himself early on in set two. He does look a bit one-dimensional though and Evans seems to be the stronger tactical player. However a huge Donskoy forehand rounds off the game.
- - EVANS WINS FIRST SET 6-4 - Evans calms any nerves with three big points – the first a big serve, the second a clever cross court shot, the third a superb ace. Donskoy sends a return long and set one goes to Great Britain. Evans is a Davis Cup master.
- - EVANS 5-4 - Dan Evans doesn’t look fazed at all. If anything he looks to be enjoying himself. I wonder when it will dawn on him that he is carrying Great Britain’s hopes? Donskoy holds after some impressive serving.
- - EVANS 5-3 - Evans is armed with a nice new set of tennis balls as he attempts to consolidate his break. His second ace of the match, right down the middle, gives him the impetus. And, despite a shaky backhand that is sent miles wide, Evans moves toward the opening set with an impressive hold.
- - EVANS 4-3 - Evans forces his rival out wide with a delicious forehand which Donskoy nets. Then the Russian fires long and Great Britain have two break points... Big moment... Evans is all over a Donskoy second serve and fires a forehand that isn’t returned. Britain are ahead in the Davis Cup for the first time since Friday!
- - 3-3 - The man on the drum is hitting it rather meekly. You would think this was a dead rubber, what happened to the raucous crowd from the Ward match? Donskoy manages to hook the ball past Evans with an amazing shot to get level at 30-30, but ultimately he’s the architect of his own downfall as he fires wide twice to hand Evans the game.
- - EVANS 2-3 - Donskoy sends down his second ace to assert his dominance in this game. Colin Fleming nodding his head in encouragement on the sidelines as Evans gets back to 30-15. A few loose shots from the Russian and we find ourselves at deuce. Donskoy eventually seals it as Evans sends a return long. No break opportunities yet.
- - 2-2 - Both players have elected to wear just a solitary sweat band, doubt it will have much impact on the match though. Evans certainly has a lot of shots in his locker, showing great hands at the net before unleashing a superb passing shot, as he too holds to love. Solid start by both.
- - EVANS 1-2 - Will it be the powerful Russian or the more diverse Brit? Donskoy is certainly making Evans suffer in these early games as he holds to love.
- - 1-1 - Donskoy has got some serious power in those Russian arms as he dominates Evans from the baseline and a deep return forces deuce. Some pretty wayward serving in this game from the Brit, to be expected at this early stage, but he manages to get himself on the scoreboard.
- - EVANS 0-1 - The Ricoh Arena should be louder given the importance of this match. Evans looking good early on, moving Donskoy about the court with some fine tactical play but a poorly judged forehand hands Russia the opening game.
- - Evgeny Donskoy to get us underway...
17:10 - Have the Coventry crowd got one last effort in them after enduring three days of topsy-turvy British form? Evans would thrive on a pulsating atmosphere, but Donskoy wasn’t fazed when two sets and a break down against Ward on Friday.
17:05 - It comes down to this: Dan Evans vs. Evgeny Donskoy in the Davis Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group One. The winners head to a World Group play-off in September, the losers must go through this process again next year.
|Date of Birth||23/05/1990|
|Date of Birth||09/05/1990|