Sep 20, 2016

    Argentina beat holders Britain, face Croatia in final


    ARGENTINA captain Daniel Orsanic said he would savour a special moment for his side after they claimed a place in the Davis Cup final following a 3-2 victory over holders Britain.

    Leonardo Mayer fired Argentina into their fourth final in 10 years after his victory over Dan Evans in the decisive fifth rubber.

    Argentina, who will be hoping for their first victory in the tournament at the fifth attempt, will travel to Croatia for November's final after the Croats booked their berth with a 3-2 win over France in Zadar.

    "It is an excellent victory to beat Great Britain here in Glasgow. It means a lot.

    "I believe it will be an honour to play another final but today we will celebrate a semi-final victory," the Argentina captain said.

    Mayer secured Argentina's place in their first final since 2011 with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Evans in the second reverse singles rubber.

    Andy Murray had posted a straight sets victory over Guido Pella earlier in the day.

    Defeat ends Britain's hopes of retaining the trophy they won for the first time in 79 years with a win over Belgium last year.

    World No. 2 Murray said the British team, who rose from being on the verge of relegation to Group III in 2010, to being champions in 2015, could still be proud in defeat.

    "It's still been a great effort and a great run," he added.

    "No one would have expected this four or five years ago so we should be proud regardless."