Australian Open semi-finalist Kyle Edmund will have the final say over his participation in the Davis Cup tie with Spain as Great Britain face a daunting task to avoid defeat in Marbella.
Cameron Norrie’s heroics in Friday’s second singles rubber had levelled the World Group first round tie at 1-1 and given the visitors a chance to pull off a shock result and claim a place in the quarter-finals.
However, Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot never threatened to maintain the momentum at Club de Tenis Puente Romano as the untested Spanish pair of Pablo Carreno-Busta and Feliciano Lopez ran out 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7/4) winners in two hours and 28 minutes.
In Sunday’s reverse singles Norrie is scheduled to take on Albert Ramos Vinolas and Liam Broady due to face Roberto Bautista-Agut, although both sides are allowed to make changes.
Edmund, who has been struggling with a hip injury, could be drafted into the British line-up and was put through his paces on court after Saturday’s doubles rubber.
GB captain Leon Smith said he would have a “good conversation” with Edmund following his practice session and told BBC Sport: “First and foremost, it’s got to be his decision because he’s coming back from an injury. Then the medical team will have their say and if he’s ready to go then of course he should go out and give it a go.”
One break of serve in each of the first two sets was enough to give Carreno-Busta and Lopez a commanding lead, with the British pair unable to convert the sole break point they were able to create.
Murray and Inglot dug deep to save two break points in the 11th game of the third set, but quickly fell 5-1 down in the tie-break and their opponents duly closed out the match.
“The Spanish guys played an awful lot better than ours, it’s as simple as that,” Smith added.
“The court definitely favoured them but they also played well. We would have needed to make an awful lot more returns to try and make some inroads into their service games, but they were holding so quickly and we never really got any momentum.”
Lopez, who served superbly throughout the contest, told the Davis Cup website: “We are very happy. We played a great match overall, very consistent. We played quite solid, we served well and we made them play all the time. It was really working today.”
Carreno-Busta added: “Feli has more experience than me and it was great to play with him. We were serving really good. It was amazing and very exciting to play at home in Davis Cup. Yesterday I couldn’t play the singles but today the feeling with the crowd was very good.”