Dan Evans stated his shock loss to Nicolas Meija within the Davis Cup qualifiers between Nice Britain and Colombia was “the toughest defeat to take”.
Evans was overwhelmed 6-2 2-6 6-3 by his 253rd opponent on clay in Bogota over 2,500 meters above sea degree, earlier than Britain’s No1 Cameron Norrie equalized with a 6-2 victory 7-5 over Nicolas Barrientos.
Evans and Neal Skupski will face former world No. 1 doubles duo Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in Saturday’s opener earlier than Norrie takes on Meija and Evans then wraps up the draw towards Barrientos.
Ten-time Davis Cup winners Nice Britain try to achieve the group stage in September.
World quantity 30 Evans stated: “I did my finest – it was clearly very tough situations.
“It is disappointing to lose, particularly in your nation with everybody supporting you – it is the toughest loss to take. However there is a job for the weekend.”
Norrie stated of the passionate house help: “It was good, particularly as I have never had the expertise of an away draw for some time. It was good to obtained the environment and thought they have been very respectful and really loud.
“It is at all times tough to play outdoors and with the altitude and this floor, however I used to be capable of put sufficient balls within the subject to cross the road. I believe I can enhance loads of issues.”
Britain captain Leon Smith stated: “That is why we love Cam to bits, he is world quantity 11 for a cause.
“He has an excellent expertise, he has a terrific recreation, he’s good in competitors, his mentality is basically, actually good. We’re actually happy with what he did there.”
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