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Argentina dump champions Britain out of Davis Cup

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Tennis Britain - Great Britain v Argentina - Davis Cup Semi Final - Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland - 18/9/16 Argentina's Leonardo Mayer shakes hands with Great Britain's Dan Evans at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers/ Livepic
Tennis Britain - Great Britain v Argentina - Davis Cup Semi Final - Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland - 18/9/16 Argentina's Leonardo Mayer shakes hands with Great Britain's Dan Evans at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers/ Livepic

REUTERS - Argentina substitute Leonardo Mayer ended Britain's reign as Davis Cup champions with a 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 win over Dan Evans in the fifth rubber of the semi-finals on Sunday.

Mayer, who unexpectedly replaced in-form Juan Martin del Potro for the deciding match, propelled the South American nation into their first final since 2011.

Andy Murray, whose defeat by Del Potro in a five-hour thriller in the opening singles on Friday left Britain facing an uphill task, had pulled the hosts level at 2-2 by beating Guido Pella 6-3 6-2 6-3 in the first of the reverse singles.

But Evans, ranked 53rd in the world, could not finish the job and Argentina secured a final showdown with Croatia, who had earlier beaten France 3-1.

(Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Ken Ferris)


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