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The underdogs have their day!

7th April 2013
The Grand National was great (and safe thankfully!), the Football was fantastic (wonder goals from Lowton and Remy), but the performance of the weekend was surely Great Britain’s astonishing victory in the Davis Cup against mighty Russian Federation.

On Friday, and with no Andy Murray to lead the Brits, Russia took a 2-0 lead with agonisingly close 5 set singles victories for Dmitry Tursunov over Dan Evans and Evgeny Donskoy against James Ward. The tie looked over with the doubles and reverse singles to come, but hey we now have a grand slam doubles champion in Jonny Marray and his partner Colin Fleming is no mug at that game!

The doubles was a stroll for the British pairing, allowing the Russians only 7 games in the straight set victory. So the whitewash was avoided.
And so to Sunday.

Ward (ranked 217) took the first set against Tursunov (ranked 68), but reality set in and he lost the next 2 sets 5-7 5-7; the Russian Federation looked home and hosed. However, Ward was devastated to lose a two set lead on Friday and incredibly turned the match around winning 6-4 in the final set.
So, no pressure Dan!

Dan Evans (ranked a lowly 324) took centre stage against the impressive Donskoy (ranked 79) and what happened next defied belief. As I watched online, Evans completely dominated the match with some sweet tennis; he was confident, in control of the net points and completely outplayed a very good opponent to win in straight sets.

So Britain have secured a place in the Davis Cup play offs for the World Group in September and with the world number 2 committed to playing who knows what GB can achieve! The British certainly love an underdog and a plucky performance, so for once the crowd went home happy!
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