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Davis Cup: Argentina beat defending champion Great Britain to reach finals

Argentina will attempt to win their first Davis Cup against Croatia, who had earlier beaten France 3-1. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Glasgow, United Kingdom Sep 18, 2016, 10.00 PM (IST)
Argentina ended Great Britain's reign as Davis Cup champions with substitute Leonardo Mayer's brilliant performance against Dan Evans. 

Mayer handed his side a 3-2 victory in the fifth rubber of the semi-finals on Sunday. 

Mayer was a late replacement for Juan Martin del Potro who won the match with a 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 scoreline. 

The 29-year-old secured Argentina's place in their first final since 2011. 

Argentina captain Daniel Orsanic said of Mayer: "Leo has played very, very good matches, Davis Cup matches before, so he has that feeling in his, in his body and in his mind, even though he's out of the Top 100 players now and that's not his (true) level, he's much higher. So he showed it today."

"Mayer played with his best tennis and the tennis we are used to seeing that won a lot of Davis Cup matches in the past," Orsanic said justifying his decision to rest 27-year-old in-form del Potro. 

This is Mayer's 11th victory in 14 Davis Cup singles rubbers. 

Andy Murray had hauled Britain level in the tie with a straight sets victory over Guido Pella in the first reverse singles on Sunday.

After that, Britain had pinned all its hopes on Evans, but sadly he could not finish the job. 

"After the first set I wasn't in the match. There was quite a lot of pressure on my serve and he served unbelievably," a dejected Evans said.

"It's not a nice feeling. It's pretty raw right now for everyone. You do feel like you are the one who lost the match for these guys."
Argentina has secured a final showdown with Croatia, who had earlier beaten France 3-1.

Four-time finalists Argentina will attempt to win their first Davis Cup when they travel to Croatia from November 25-27.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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