Great Britain have completed a memorable combeack from 2-0 down to Russia in Coventry to make the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs.
James Ward battled to a 64 57 57 64 64 win to put the hosts one point away from only a second ever victory having lost the opening two rubbers, the first coming 83 years ago against Germany.
It then fell to world No. 325 Dan Evans to face Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy and showed tremendous nerve to seal the rubber and the tie in a straight sets victory. Having secured the first set with a late break and taken the lead early in the second Evans suffered a slight wobble as Donskoy broke back and seemed to have found his range before the Brit marched through 64 64 61.
The remaining three World Group play-off spots have been filled by Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine.
Ukraine sealed victory in a fifth rubber when Sergiy Stakhovsky overcame Sweden's Isak Arvidsson 62 63 75 in one hour 47 minutes. Alexandr Dolgopolov gave the hosts the springboard to win with a four-set triumph in Dnipropetrovsk.
Poland will make their first appearance in the World Group play-offs in September after they overcame South Africa 3-1 in Zielona Gora.
World No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz, who has been suffering from flu for the last few days, scored his second point of the weekend with a 46 63 63 61 victory over Ruan Roelofse on Sunday. Roelofse was a last minute replacement for Rik de Voest, who was suffering from a lower back injury.
“I didn’t expect a change in the match line up,” explained Janowicz. “Ruan played an excellent first set. I was not feeling well - to be honest I felt horrible, even worse than on Friday. I finally regained my serve as the match went on and tried to dictate the rallies. The crowd helped me a lot, gave me some energy.”
Poland joins Netherlands in the World Group play-offs after the Dutch team wrapped up victory in Saturday’s doubles rubber. Dead rubber victories from Thiemo de Bakker and Igor Sijsling left the final score at 5-0 in the Netherlands favour.
For full results from Europe/Africa Group I ties, see the links at the bottom of the page.