Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury fail to save Davis Cup tie against USA

Andy Murray was unable to be the hometown hero again as Britain suffered an agonizing loss to the United States in the Davis Cup match in Glasgow in Glasgow.

Dan Evans’ loss to Tommy Paul and Cameron Norrie’s almost miraculous win over Taylor Fritz had set the stage for a decisive doubles game that began after 10pm at the Emirates Arena.

Captain Leon Smith picked Murray alongside world doubles number one Joe Salisbury to face Jack Sock and Rajeev Ram – with whom Salisbury had won the US Open just five days ago.

Murray and Salisbury looked to be in control, leading by a set and a break, but the American duo fought back strongly, ultimately claiming a 5-7 6-4 7-5 win at 12:58.

That gave the USA a 2-1 win and means they are on pole to lead the group, while Britain will likely need to beat the Netherlands on Friday and Kazakhstan on Sunday to secure their place in the round of 16 shootout secure in Malaga in November.

A significant crowd stayed to the end, but a 4pm start time always seemed risky and with the last trains long gone many fans had to leave.

In the first half of the duel, a USA victory in civilized times seemed the likely outcome, with Evans being beaten 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 by Paul and Norrie, who got off to a slow start against Fritz.

Norrie, eighth ahead of Fritz twelfth, held on to his fingernails in the second set but forced a tie-break, taking his chance and serving up a 2-6 7-6 (2) 7-5 win on the second attempt to celebrate in the air beating.

Norrie, whose Glasgow-raised father David was in attendance, said: “It was a great match. I obviously didn’t have the best start. Taylor played really well. I don’t think I came out too spicy. He took advantage of that.

“I think the bigger the pressure, the more I was pushed into a corner, the better I actually played today.”

Cameron Norrie celebrates his big win over Taylor Fritz (Steve Welsh/PA)

(PA wire)

A somber start to the tie reflected the period of national mourning following the Queen’s death, with the usual music replaced by a lone piper and a minute’s silence before the national anthems, while the UK players and support team wore black ribbons.

At previous matches at the Emirates Arena the music was an integral part of the great Davis Cup atmosphere, including a crucial win over USA to open the 2015 British title fight and Evans felt the difference.

He said: “It was grim at the end. Something was missing. That’s it for now.

A lone piper played a tribute to the Queen before the tie (Steve Welsh/PA)

(PA wire)

“We’re very lucky to be playing. Luckily the event was allowed to go on. We just do the best we can. It was still a good atmosphere, I still enjoyed it.”

Wednesday’s duels in the other groups all saw victories for the home sides, with Italy beating last year’s finalists Croatia, Germany passing France and Spain without rested US Open champion Carlos Alcaraz beating Serbia.

Novak Djokovic was supposed to play for Serbia but withdrew due to personal reasons while Rafael Nadal is sitting out at this stage.

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