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Davis Cup semi-final

Argentina topple GB to secure final place

Del Potro - BBC
Del Potro – BBC

Tennis – Davis Cup: Argentina ended Great Britain’s reign as holders by winning the deciding match to go through to the final in Croatia.

Their 3-2 semi-final win came after GB had pulled level from being 2-0 down.

A doubles victory from the Murray brothers on Saturday and a singles win for Andy Murray on Sunday proved to be in vain as Dan Evans lost the deciding match to Leonardo Mayer who came out with a 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 victory.

Mayer was a late replacement for Juan Martin Del Potro who defeated Murray in a marathon five-set match on Friday.

The Scot went down 4-6 7-5 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 4-6 in what was described as one of the best ever matches in the series.

For Del Potro it meant revenge on his Olympics defeat to the Scot and also signalled further his return to the top of the game after a long lay-off through injury.

After that opening match, played in Glasgow, he said: “Thank you for the respect for both players. I really enjoyed the match. The crowd was great and the Argentinian fans great as well.

“I won but I still remember the Olympic final. This is very important to me and my team and we are looking to reach another final in the Davis Cup.”

After Sunday’s defeat, GB captain Leon Smith said: “It never feels good losing, of course it doesn’t, but no regrets.

“We just asked the guys to go out and fight their hardest – the Argentines over the course of the weekend just played that little bit better and got the wins that were needed.”

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Football – SPFL: St Mirren have parted company with manager Alex Rae and assistant David Farrell.

The Paisley club are bottom of the Scottish Championship without a league win this season.

Rae, 46, replaced Ian Murray in December and led the club to sixth place last season.

Allan McManus, head of the club’s academy, has been put in charge on an interim basis.

Rae was player-manager of Dundee between 2006 and 2008.

In a statement, the St Mirren board said: “The board would like to thank both Alex and David for all of their efforts on behalf of the club and wish them all the best for the future.”

 

 

 



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