Davis Cup 2021: Great Britain clinch quarter-final place with comeback win over Czech Republic

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  • Joe Salisbury
    British tennis player
  • Jiri Vesely
    Tennis player
  • Cameron Norrie
    Cameron Norrie
    British tennis player
  • Daniel Evans
    Daniel Evans
    British tennis player
  • Tomas Machac
    Czech tennis player
  • Jiri Lehecka
    Czech tennis player
Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski secured victory for Great Britain over the Czech Republic  (Getty Images)
Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski secured victory for Great Britain over the Czech Republic (Getty Images)

Great Britain are through to the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup after battling back to beat the Czech Republic in Innsbruck on Sunday.

British no1 Cameron Norrie saw off Jiri Lehecka in three sets 6-1 2-6 6-1 and Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski triumphed 6-4 6-2 against Tomas Machac and Jiri Vesely in a winner-takes-all doubles showdown after Dan Evans had lost the opening singles clash to Machac, who triumphed 6-2 7-5.

Leon Smith’s side now look set to face either Germany or Novak Djokovic’s Serbia in the quarters on Tuesday.

“Today was tough. You look at the rankings and people think it is straightforward but it is never like that in the Davis Cup,” captain Smith told the BBC.

“I’m thrilled for these guys [Salisbury and Skupski]. To come out and play as well as they did speaks volumes. We asked for passion, determination and the quality comes after that. I’m really proud of them.”

Britain triumphed over France in their opening Group C encounter on Saturday, with Evans and Norrie beating Adrian Mannarino and Arthur Rinderknech respectively in the singles, while Salisbury and Skupski were beaten by the pairing of Nicolas Mahut and Rinderknech.

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