“It was crazy. I’m not sure what I experienced for nine hours,” said Lexus Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith.
“I don’t know if it’s our ninth hour of play, but it’s hard to keep going all the time and everyone here did a good job. They needed a little help and that’s normal.
“Thank you everyone, thank you Manchester and thank you LTA for putting this together.”
Speaking about the team that led Great Britain to victory in Manchester, Smith added: “They are incredible. We get along incredibly well, everyone has played an important role. All you can do is give your best, that’s all you can ask for.
Dan Evans kicked off Sunday’s proceedings with an impressive win over 19-year-old Arthur Fils in the first singles match of the day. The British No.2 has played a vital role in all of Great Britain’s victories, having defeated world No.13 Alex de Minaur in his singles match against Australia before teaming up with Neal Skupsky to defeat Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Stricker in the deciding doubles against Switzerland.
After his 7-5, 6-4 defeat against Wawrinka on Friday evening, the British no. Cam Norrie looked to bounce back against world number 36 Ugo Humbert. After regaining his form to win the second set, Norrie looked like he would force a final set tie-break, but a double fault on his serve saw the rubber fall in France’s favor to level at 1-1.
With everything to play for and a Final 8 spot on the line, all that remained was to Evans And Skupsky to face one last time during their decisive double rubber against Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin. A thrilling three-set thriller saw the British duo push the French pair to their limits – eventually prevailing in the third set tie-break to secure a 1-6, 7-6(4), 7-6( 6) and send a packed home crowd into an eruption of cheers.
Great Britain will now compete for the 2023 Davis Cup title in Malaga from November 21-26.
They will face either Italy or Serbia as finalists in Groups A and C, with the draw taking place next week.