Cameron Norrie secured Nice Britain’s place within the Davis Cup Finals group stage, together with his victory over Colombia’s Nicolas Mejia giving the guests an unassailable 3-1 lead in Bogota.
The British primary made it back-to-back straight-set wins at altitude on clay as he beat Mejia 6-4 6-4.
It meant Dan Evans was not required to play the ultimate rubber in opposition to Nicolas Barrientos.
Evans and Neal Skupski gained their doubles contest earlier on Saturday.
The British pair defeated former world quantity ones Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-4 6-4 to show the tie in GB’s favour, after Norrie beat Barrientos on Friday to cancel out Evans’ shock opening loss to the 253rd-ranked Mejia.
“My emotions are of immense pleasure for what the boys have performed,” stated GB captain Leon Smith.
“They went out and fought actually laborious. It by no means needed to be the very best high quality tennis as a result of the situations do not permit for that, but it surely wanted quite a lot of grit and willpower,” he added.
The problem of competing 2,566 metres above sea stage and utilizing the unfamiliar pressureless balls required to deal with the excessive altitude had led captain Smith to explain the journey because the “most complex” his aspect might have drawn.
Nonetheless, Norrie seized the chance to ship 10-time winners GB into September’s 16-team group stage with a hard-earned win at Pueblo Viejo Nation Membership.
Having punched the thinner air in celebration after forcing a primary breakthrough in recreation seven, world quantity 11 Norrie was initially pissed off by a direct response from Mejia, whose remaining winner prompted the excitable dwelling assist to erupt.
However the Wimbledon semi-finalist, 27, fired again as soon as extra to edge the primary set – after which took agency management as he consolidated a break to maneuver 4-2 forward within the second.
After Mejia as soon as once more delighted the gang by denying Norrie on a primary match level, the Briton roared as he served out the competition to like and confirmed his aspect’s progress to September’s Finals, the place they are going to look to enhance on final yr’s group-stage exit.
Evans delivers on doubles debut
Following GB’s early exit final yr, Evans stated it was “a bit insulting” he had by no means beforehand been picked to play Davis Cup doubles.
Partnered by the present joint top-ranked doubles participant in Skupski on his debut, Evans was capable of put the frustration of Friday’s three-set singles defeat behind him and contribute to a victory which left GB getting ready to attaining their objective.
The British pair made the right begin with a gap break of serve, which proved sufficient to clinch the primary set in opposition to the two-time Grand Slam champions.
They pushed on in the beginning of the second and one other fast break set them as much as serve out the win, Evans and Skupski embracing in celebration after changing a 3rd match level.
“My recreation model is fairly good for doubles,” stated Evans.
“I’ve performed with Neal loads of occasions. He is world primary and he talked me by the match. We’ve good vitality, we’re excellent buddies, so I simply needed to play my recreation and he takes care of the remaining.”
Skupski stated: “We did not face a break level so we performed a really stable match. The group obtained very loud in direction of the top however we caught collectively, we took our time, hit our spots and we got here out on prime.”
Who else is thru?
Considered the ‘males’s World Cup of tennis’, a report 155 nations entered this yr’s Davis Cup, with matches contested throughout 60 international locations.
Nice Britain’s tie in opposition to Colombia was considered one of 11 qualifying matches happening this week.
They’ve superior to the group stage, to be held between 12-17 September throughout 4 venues, the place they are going to be joined by final yr’s winners Canada, runners-up Australia, plus wildcards Italy and Spain.
US Open semi-finalist Tommy Paul helped the United States to a 4-0 win over Uzbekistan, whereas Serbia didn’t miss world primary Novak Djokovic as in addition they gained all 4 rubbers in opposition to Norway.
Stan Wawrinka sealed a 3-2 win for Switzerland over Germany and Ugo Humbert prevailed in his fifth-rubber decider as France beat Hungary by the identical rating.
Brothers Elias and Mikael Ymer contributed to a 3-1 win for Sweden in opposition to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Finland additionally superior to the group phases for the primary time, the place they are going to be joined by Croatia, South Korea and the Netherlands.