Tuesday 26th September, 2017
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Davis Cup : Hosts France whip Great Britain

Davis Cup : Hosts France whip Great Britain

Great Britain are out of the Davis Cup after a 3-0 quarter-final defeat by France, as Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot lost in the doubles on Saturday.

Murray and Inglot were beaten 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 7-5 by Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau on day two in Rouen.

On Friday, Kyle Edmund lost the first singles match 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 to world number 17 Lucas Pouille.

And Dan Evans was also beaten in three sets in his singles match – 6-2 6-3 6-3 by world number 68 Jeremy Chardy.

The first time Great Britain have failed to make the semi-finals in three years.

With the Britons trailing 2-0 after the first day, Murray and Inglot knew they had to win the doubles rubber to keep the tie alive.

Britain had only lost two previous Davis Cup doubles matches under Leon Smith but his team got off to a bad start losing the first-set tie-break.

Murray and Inglot recovered to level the match at 1-1 and earn Great Britain their first — and only — set of the weekend.

But Mahut and Benneteau, buoyed by a raucous home crowd, were relentless and sealed an inspired victory for France in four sets.

The pair, who are not regular playing partners, first won major silverware together back in 1999 in the US Open juniors.

They were however victorious at the ATP Tour event in Marseille in February.

France will now face either Serbia or Spain in the semi-finals in September.

“We are a great nation who have not won this competition since 2001. There is great expectation around the team and we are a good group,” Mahut said.

“It was the first time I have played at home. Hopefully we can play the semi-final at home and ultimately we want to bring back the trophy to France.”