Late on Friday evening the British Davis Cup team had hardly a hope in hell of winning their tie against Russia after both Dan Evans and James Ward lost their singles rubbers in five set marathons. At 0-2 down with the Russians only needing one victory of the next three rubbers to seal their place in the September playoffs, the situation looked bleak for the Britons but on Saturday they were given a glimmer of hope by their doubles team Colin Fleming and Jonny Marray who thrashed the Russians to decrease their deficit to 1-2. On paper the reverse singles didn’t look good at all but Ward came out and utilised the game plan created by Leon Smith, overturning a two sets too one lead and evening the tie at 2-2. Dan Evans is no stranger to Davis Cup miracles as he has saved the team in years prior but surely he couldn’t pull it off again? The Brit came out firing on all cylinders, any short balls were being punished and his backhand slice was just mesmerising, he romped to a straight sets win over the inexperienced Donskoy and catapulted Team GB into the world group play offs and making it the first time since 1930 that Great Britain have come back from 0-2 down to win!
While the zonal Davis Cup ties were taking place the world group was progressing too, Novak Djokovic led his Serbian team to a 3-1 win over the USA in the quarter finals. The Serbs victory wasn’t the big headline though, during his match with Sam Querrey Djokovic rolled his ankle severely and seemed extremely distressed, he took a medical timeout and took some anti-inflammatories that kicked in just in time to aid him in taking down the big serving American in four sets. Speaking with Serbian press after the tie, Novak was very concerned and broke down in tears having been informed by doctors that his injury looked serious, how much this impacts his season is unknown but he is looking unlikely for the first masters 1000 clay event of the year in Monte Carlo where he resides and is the 2012 finalist.
The Davis Cup semi finals are set for September with Canada taking on Serbia after Canada beat Italy 3-1 and Serbia beat USA 3-1 and Argentina will take on the Czech Republic after Argentina beat France 3-2 and the Czech Republic beat Kazakhstan 3-1.