Dan Evans shrugged off a desperate second set to sink Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas and steer Great Britain into the quarter-finals of the United Cup in Sydney.
Evans’ 6-3 1-6 6-3 success gave his side an unassailable lead in their Group D clash following Saturday’s wins for Cameron Norrie and Katie Swan in the inaugural mixed team event.
Evans broke his opponent in his first service game of the deciding set and rallied again after the Spaniard hit back to level the set at 2-2.
Ramos-Vinolas saved a match point on his serve at 5-3 but Evans was undaunted and served out the next game to book Britain’s last-eight berth.
Evans has been suffering from a cold since his arrival in Australia, but he found a way to get over the winning line.
“I don’t feel at my best, but it’s tough to throw in the towel when I have a great team like this behind me,” he said.
“It was an intense match. When you know how much is resting on it for the team, it becomes a little more nerve-racking.”
Coming through a group featuring hosts Australia and Spain is an impressive effort for a Britain team led by Tim Henman, with Evans toasting their success.
“We pride ourselves on team spirit and we have come through,” added Evans.
Earlier, Harriet Dart had missed the chance to seal Britain’s victory when she was defeated 6-7 (6) 7-6 (5) 6-1 by world number 13 Paula Badosa.
Henman and his team of battlers will play in the semi-finals of the United Cup on Wednesday.
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