Andy Murray frustrated with UK elimination from Davis Cup against Netherlands

A dejected Andy Murray admitted he doesn’t know how many Davis Cup chances he has left after Great Britain were eliminated from the competition by a loss to the Netherlands in Glasgow.

A defeat by the USA on Wednesday had seen Britain beat the Netherlands and likely Kazakhstan too, but Sunday’s match at the Emirates Arena will now be a meaningless game after Murray and Joe Salisbury were again on the wrong side of a dramatic decision stood doubled rubber.

Murray and Salisbury saved a match point from Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop in the second set to keep their hopes alive, but the Scot then scored a break point in the decider to go 3-3 and the British pair lost the last 10 points on a 7 -6(0)6-7(6)6-3 loss.

Murray, who is playing in his 50th Davis Cup rubber, said: “Obviously I’d like to have the return at 3-3 and the break point. I hit the tape. I hit a pretty clean return, but maybe I shouldn’t have hit it that big.

“We got off to a great start in the first set and could probably have made a few more breaks. And it’s the moments that you look back on.

“It just sucks because those games have been pared down to a few points and have not gone our way. I’ve been fortunate enough to play and get through many of these games over the years.

“That didn’t happen this time and I’m sad about that because I think we had an opportunity here to have a really good run.

Of course, when you reach my age and this stage in your career, I don’t know how many opportunities I will have to be part of this team

Andy Murray

“Obviously when you reach my age and this stage in your career, I don’t know how many more opportunities I will have to be part of this team. Of course we now have a lot of depth in singles and doubles.

“That’s why it’s getting harder. We had a great atmosphere out there today. I loved all the chances I got to play here. It just wasn’t meant to be this week.”

Murray got the nod again ahead of Neal Skupski, who is ranked third in the world in doubles and reached the final of the US Open with Koolhof last week.

Captain Leon Smith has never had greater strength at depth but with these selection dilemmas he has to reflect on the most disappointing week of his long and hugely successful captaincy, especially given Britain’s home field advantage.

Dutchman Wesley Koolhof celebrates his double victory (Steve Welsh/PA)

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Murray said, “I’m thinking the same thing right now, should I have played or should have played Neal or whatever, and it’s easy to think all those things.”

However, Smith insisted he had no regrets, saying: “We came in with some thoughts and we stuck with it. The games we lost against USA were really good games, high level games.

“We felt everyone was still in good shape and played well enough to win today. It just didn’t work out that way. You win this match and people say it was another good selection day.”

Instead, it’s the Dutch, with their small group of orange-clad fans, and the Americans, who, after two wins each from their first two games, can celebrate their place in November’s round of 16 in Malaga.

Great Britain got off to the perfect start as Dan Evans beat Tallon Griekspoor 6-4, 6-4, but Cameron Norrie then put on a poor performance, losing to Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4, 6-2.

Norrie said: “He was better than me. I just gifted him two service games. He didn’t really have to do much to end up breaking me. That’s not a player on my leaderboard and that’s me on a really bad day.”

Evans, who lost a high-profile duel with USA’s Tommy Paul, didn’t have everything in his own way against Griekspoor but played a very solid match, breaking serve once in every set.

The British number two said: “It was a good match. I played well. More of a game where you just focus on really going through and getting a win.”

Dan Evans whips a forehand in his win over Tallon Griekspoor (Steve Welsh/PA).

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Britain are set to host a group stage in the next four years, but only if they qualify among the top 16 nations, which likely means they win a play-off in early 2023 as they certainly can’t expect another wild card.

Elsewhere, Carlos Alcaraz’s first game as world number one in Spain-Canada in Valencia ended in a three-set loss to Felix Auger-Aliassime.

The 19-year-old maintained his commitment to playing on home soil despite winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open just five days ago.

Australia and Germany progressed in Hamburg thanks to the hosts’ victory over Belgium, while Italy are on pole in Group A after beating Argentina. Andy Murray frustrated with UK elimination from Davis Cup against Netherlands

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