Murray and Inglot hand Great Britain the initiative in Davis Cup tussle

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Great Britain captain Leon Smith called for his team to earn a winning send-off from the traditional Davis Cup in Glasgow on Sunday.

Britain take a 2-1 lead into the reverse singles after Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot came from a set down to win the doubles rubber against Uzbekistan in Glasgow.

Murray, fresh from his US Open mixed doubles win with Bethanie Mattek-Sands, and Inglot overcame Denis Istomin and Sanjar Fayziev 4-6 7-6 (10/8) 6-2 6-3.

It means a win for Cameron Norrie against Istomin, or Dan Evans against Jurabek Karimov, will seal a historic victory of sorts.

With the Davis Cup undergoing a revamp next year there is no relegation at stake, but Smith’s team need a victory in the tie to ensure they are seeded in February’s qualifying tournament.

It also signals the end of best-of-five matches, meaning no more repeats of Friday when Evans and Norrie both went the distance.

Great Britain v Uzbekistan – Davis Cup – World Group – Play-Off Round – Emirates Arena
Dan Evans pulled off a brilliant five-set victory over Denis Istomin on Friday (Ian Rutherford/PA)

“We had 6,500 people in there today that have been excellent supporters every time we bring the Davis Cup up here to Glasgow.

“People talked about this not meaning a lot but it didn’t look like that over the last two days, did it? You saw Friday, seven-and-a-half hours of tennis.

“You saw literally blood, sweat and a lot of tears at the end of the matches. It shows you what’s at stake when it comes to playing here.”

The change of format, and the end of five-set matches, has divided opinion, and Smith added: “We’re hoping to send off what is the last stage of best-of-five matches.

“There’s two ways of looking at the best-of-five. It was amazing drama yesterday, amazing drama. Two five-setters.

“But there wasn’t many people left at the end, just real die-hard tennis fans at the end.

“It’s tough to bring family, children to come and watch seven-and-a-half hours of sport.

“I think that’s why the doubles Saturday has always been to me so amazing. Even today was quite a long match and you see the kids are there, really engaging with it, and that’s where next year maybe it going to best-of-three sets we’ll be able to get that sort of audience in for it again.”

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