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Dan Evans joins Andy Murray as singles pick for Britain in Davies Cup

By Staff Reporter

Published 18/09/2015

Dan Evans's entrance represents a gamble for Leon Smith
Dan Evans's entrance represents a gamble for Leon Smith

Late call-up Dan Evans thought he was only coming to Glasgow for a knockabout before being handed a surprise singles berth in Great Britain's Davis Cup semi-final against Australia.

With Kyle Edmund's ankle still causing concern after a fall and James Ward struggling for form, Evans has come from nowhere to make the line-up for Britain's first World Group semi-final for 34 years.

The world number 300 has been rewarded for a successful summer since failing to qualify for Wimbledon, which has seen him win two ITF Futures tournaments, come runner-up in two more and reach the semi-final of the Vancouver Open on the ATP Challenger Tour.

Evans has previous experience of beating today's opponent Bernard Tomic in the 2013 US Open, but the 25-year-old has not played against a top-100 opponent in the past year and his inclusion represents a gamble for captain Leon Smith.

Speaking about the initial call from Smith, Evans said: "Not a lot was said. He didn't even say Kyle had fallen, he just said someone was injured.

"He asked me to come to be on standby and I said yes. It's a good opportunity to be around all the guys again, I haven't been in this environment for a while. I just came up for a practice really and things worked out a bit different."

Andy Murray kicks off the contest against Thanasi Kokkinakis and will hope Britain are in a good enough position that he can sit out tomorrow and let brother Jamie and Dom Inglot face Lleyton Hewitt and Samuel Groth in the doubles.

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