Dan Evans lost his match against Olivier Rochus 36 64 76 64 in the second rubber of the Davis Cup tie between Great Britain and Belgium, the Brit started well and dominated the first set. Throughout the second set many errors crept into Evans game and his first serve deserted him, while Rochus started playing a crushing passing shot that earned him the set. During the third set the players were evenly matched, a true test of grit and determination, which Rochus won after a controversial line call. Dan Evans showed the mental strength we saw at Great Britain’s last tie, to break in the fourth set and take the lead but his inexperience at this level showed and his game crumbled under the pressure placed by the Belgian. Rochus broke back and held to leave Evans serving to stay in the match, two unforced errors and an atrocious drop shot left the Brit scrambling to stay in the match, his efforts weren’t enough and Belgium broke to go two rubbers too love up in the tie.
With Josh Goodall losing his earlier rubber, Great Britain have got to win the next three rubbers in a row to keep their chance of returning to the world groups alive! It seems to all be going Belgium’s way at the moment, Team GB have got a mountain to climb.