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By Alberto Amalfi | Sunday, November 28, 2021

 
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Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski delivered a confident 6-4, 6-2 win clinching Great Britain's sixth Davis Cup quarterfinal in its last seven appearances.

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A doubles duel was Davis Cup do or die.

Super troopers Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski kept British Davis Cup dreams alive and thriving.

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In the decisive doubles match, Salisbury and Skupski delivered a confident 6-4, 6-2 win over the Czech pair of Jiri Vesely and Tomas Machac clinching Great Britain's 2-1 win over the Czech Republic—and a spot in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Innsbruck, Austria.




Salisbury and Skupski unleashed a five-game surge to take charge.

The British duo broke for for 5-4, winning 12 of the last 13 points played on their serve in building a one-set lead. Salisbury and Skupski broke to start the second set and added a third break for a 4-1 second-set lead.

"We wanted to start with a lot of energy and positively and play free. It definitely worked in the end," Skupski said.




It is Team GB's sixth Davis Cup quarterfinal in its last seven appearances and it didn't come easy.

Great Britain, which defeated France in its round-robin opener, wins Group C advancing to Tuesday's quarterfinal against either Germany or Serbia.

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Ten-time Davis Cup champion Great Britain battled from behind today.

Credit the 21-year-old Machac for playing fearless tennis in a spirited 6-2, 7-5 upset of world No.25 Dan Evans to open the tie.

Indian Wells champion Cameron Norrie defeated Czech Jiri Lehecka 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 setting up the decisive doubles match.

Great Britain is playing for a second straight semifinal appearance.

 

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