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Murray frustrated with Great Britain’s Davis Cup exit at the hands of the Netherlands

A dejected Andy Murray has admitted he doesn’t know how many Davis Cup chances he has left after Great Britain were knocked out of the competition with a loss to the Netherlands in Glasgow.

A loss to the United States on Wednesday had forced Britain to beat the Dutch and likely Kazakhstan as well, but Sunday’s game at the Emirates Arena will now be a meaningless game after Murray and Joe Salisbury are once again come out on the wrong side of a dramatic decision. double rubber.

Murray and Salisbury saved match point in the second set against Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop to keep their hopes alive, but the Scotsman then scored a comeback on break point at 3-3 in the deciding set and the British pair lost the last 10 points in a 7-6(0) 6-7(6) 6-3 loss.

Murray, playing in his 50th Davis Cup match, said: “Obviously I’d like to have the return at 3-3 and a break point. I hit the boards. I hit a pretty clean return, but maybe I shouldn’t have hit it so big.

“We got off to an amazing start in the first set and probably could have taken a few breaks. And those are the moments you think back on.

“It sucks because those games came down to a few points and they didn’t go our way. I’ve been lucky enough to play a lot of those games over the years and get through them.

“That didn’t happen this time around and I’m sad about that because I think we had the opportunity to have a really good race here.

“Obviously when you get to my age and this stage of your career, I don’t know how many opportunities I will have to still be part of this team. We obviously have a lot of depth now in singles and doubles.

“Because of that, it makes it more difficult. We had a very good atmosphere again today. I’ve loved every opportunity I’ve had to play here. It just wasn’t planned this week.”

Murray was again endorsed by Neal Skupski, who is ranked third in the world in doubles and reached the US Open final with Koolhof last week.

Captain Leon Smith has never had so much depth force at his disposal, but with that come selection dilemmas and he will have to reflect on what is the most disappointing week of his long and highly successful captaincy, especially considering given Britain’s home advantage.

Murray said: “I’m thinking the same thing right now, should I have played or should Neal have played or whatever, and it’s easy to think about all those things.”

Smith insisted he had no regrets, however, saying, “We came with some thoughts, and stuck with it. The games we lost against the United States were very good games, high level games.

“We felt everyone was still well positioned and playing well enough to win today. It just didn’t work out that way. You win that game and people say it was a good day again Selection.

Instead, it is the Dutch, with their small group of supporters dressed in orange, and the Americans who can celebrate their progress to the last eight penalties in Malaga in November after two wins each in their first two matches. .

Great Britain got off to a perfect start when Dan Evans beat Tallon Griekspoor 6-4 6-4 but Cameron Norrie then produced a poor performance to lose 6-4 6-2 to Botic van de Zandschulp.

Norrie said: “He was better than me. I just offered him two service games. He didn’t really have to do much to break me in the end. He’s not a player in my ranking, and that’s me having a really bad day.”

Evans, who lost a high quality clash to American Tommy Paul, didn’t have it all his way against Griekspoor but played a very solid game, breaking serve once in each set.

The British number two said: “It was a good game. I played well. More of a focus game just to really get through, to get a win.

Britain are due to host a group stage within the next four years, but only if they qualify among the top 16 nations, which will likely mean winning a play-off in early 2023 as they certainly cannot expect to another joker.

Elsewhere, Carlos Alcaraz’s first game as world number one in Spain’s draw with Canada in Valencia ended in a three-set loss to Felix Auger-Aliassime.

The 19-year-old has kept his commitment to play at home despite only winning his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open five days ago.

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