Delighted Dan Evans sends Britain into Davis Cup semi-finals

Delighted Dan Evans sends Britain into Davis Cup semi-finals

Murray, who nearly single-handedly took Britain to Davis Cup glory in 2015, admitted on Wednesday he had put on 5 kg (11 lb) since winning the European Open in Antwerp last month - his first title since returning to action.

Kyle Edmund, who has returned to form after a slump, has won both his singles in place of Murray while Dan Evans secured the winning point by beating Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (6) 3-6 7-6 (2) at La Caja Magica on Friday.

"We've got good solid players in the top 100 now that are competing on the tour with all these guys that are here", Edmund said.

Andy Murray was once again excluded for the quarterfinals at the Magic Box in Madrid, as captain Leon Smith stayed with the same team that defeated Kazakhstan on Thursday. I am so happy for them that we are through.

The Yorkshireman began the match with three aces and won eight of the first nine points to claim an immediate break of serve. I felt I let the team down in the last two days. Yesterday, though, he dealt with the ferocious serving of Struff and clung on like a limpet to win 7-6, 3-6, 7-6. Listen, I lost matches lately. I didn't feel great before the game, you're down, you're losing. Everyone on the team has kept me going, they have kept me positive.

"He had a tough couple of days".

If Spain had hoped the late change might disrupt the exceptional rhythm Edmund has been in all week, they were quickly disabused of that notion.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both played singles and doubles on Friday, but only the Spaniard was able to lead his team into the last four at the Davis Cup Finals. That reaction at the end I will savour for ever. "We've just got to roll with it and see what happens, come back tomorrow and go again".

Edmund gave Britain the flawless start with a 6-3 and 7-5 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber, producing another excellent performance after Thursday's victory over Mikhail Kukushkin. One break was all he needed to rumble through the first and, although Kohlschreiber did offer some resistance in the second set, he had too much firepower for the German.

The visiting fans were, of course, still heavily outnumbered in the 12,500-seat stadium - a big contrast from the small arenas in which Britain had played their first three matches. Today I really did that.

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