Norrie Seals Victory For Great Britain
The World No. 12 saved all four break points he faced and hit 24 winners as he overpowered Rinderknech to secure victory after two hours and six minutes.
The 31-year-old won 80 per cent (20/25) of his first-serve points and broke three times to seal his win.
“It was always going to be a difficult tie,” Great Britain capitan Leon Smith said. “Evans got us off to a great start. I thought his mentality was really good today. I thought he got the balance right, playing offensive tennis like we know he can do, while also showing his defensive skills. Then with Cam, it was a heck of a match. It just shows you how far he has come and the confidence he has got.”
In the final match of the tie, France clawed one point back when Nicolas Mahut and Rinderknech overcame Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski 6-1, 6-4. Great Britain will qualify if it beats the Czech Republic on Sunday, while France can still advance as one of the two best second-placed nations.
Krawietz and Puetz rallied from a break down in the third set to clinch a 2-1 win for Germany after two hours and 13 minutes.
“The deciding doubles at the Davis Cup is always tense,” Krawietz said. “We were a break down in the third set, but we kept competing and it worked out.”
“Kevin and I know each other really well and have known each other for a few years and played together at a few tournaments and that helps tremendously,” Puetz said. “We get on really well off the court, so playing together feels natural.”
The World No. 54 hit 34 winners to give the former champion an early advantage in its first tie of the tournament.
Djokovic then levelled the tie for Serbia, dispatching Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 6-4 in 74 minutes. Serbia can still qualify for the quarter-finals as one of the best second-placed nations after defeating Austria 3-0 Friday.