Leonardo Mayer of Argentina celebrates after defeating Daniel Evans of Britain in the Davis Cup semi-final.
Leonardo Mayer of Argentina celebrates after defeating Daniel Evans of Britain in the Davis Cup semi-final. ROBERT PERRY

Argies barge their way past Brits into final

TENNIS: Argentina will play Croatia in the Davis Cup final after defeating Great Britain 3-2 in the semi-final in Glasgow.

The Brits fought back from 2-0 down with a burned out Andy Murray somehow getting a 6-3 6-2 6-3 over Guido Pella to level the tie.

The home team, who won the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years 10 months ago, needed a win from Daniel Evans but he lost to Argentine substitute Leonardo Mayer in the final rubber 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 to secure a place in the final in November.

Britain must wait for Wednesday's draw to see which nation they will face in the 2017 first round in February.

It is the fifth time Argentina have reached the final as the South Americans attempt to win the title for the first time.

"It never feels good losing, of course it doesn't, but no regrets,” GB captain Leon Smith told BBC Radio 5 live.

"We just asked the guys to go out and fight their hardest - the Argentines over the course of the weekend just played that little bit better and got the wins that were needed.”

World No.114 Mayer came good for the visitors after taking the place of Juan Martin Del Potro.

"I am very emotional. I haven't been able to play because of (shoulder) injury so I am delighted to be back on form,” Mayer said.

"I don't know what it is about the Davis Cup it brings out the best in me.”

Croatia reached its second final appearance from November 25-27 after Marin Cilic thrashed Richard Gasquet of France 6-3 6-2 7-5, hammering 14 aces and producing 21 winners.

France's Lucas Pouille then defeated Marin Draganja in the dead fifth rubber to make the winning score 3-2.

"When you look at the atmosphere, it's an incredible feeling. It's been a dream weekend for us,” Cilic said.

"I played incredible tennis. I produced a great performance for all the crowd. I can't be more proud than right now.

"We have always been playing well in Davis Cup. It's something that's in your heart. It was a tough tie but this wonderful crowd inspired us.

"We can now look forward to what should be a great final.”


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