^It really was a great event, Tessie, even without Andy. And... I could look at Ross Hutchins forever and never get bored!
It's Colin Fleming who does it for me!
I think it is an astute idea to hold the April tie in Braehead again. Now that the team has won 3 times there consecutively, when they play there again, the good feelings will return especially for Dan so will maximise the chance of the team winning again.
If I was Andy, now that the team is close to getting back to the World Group and Belgium is a relatively easy opponent, I would play on the condition that Dan being the 2nd Singles player.
To gauge how well Dan did over the week-end, here are ranking points over the last 12 months earned :
Dan Evans : 163 points
Martin Klizan: 474 points ==> 2.9x Dan points
Lukos Lacko : 706 points ==> 4.3x Dan points
Dan has beaten two people who have earned around 3 to 4x the amount of points he himself has earned. This is why Mecir said Dan did not play like someone who is ranked 276. If Dan is able to keep a cool head and continue to work hard, top 100 beckons.
Thanks for all that info. I was even more impressed with Dan's performance given that he'd flopped dismally on two previous occasions when having to play a decisive 5th rubber. Admittedly the last time was, I think, two years ago, and he really was a rookie then, but I can't believe that these earlier failures weren't lurking in the back of his mind, even in a very small way, so to come out and play like he did shows a considerable amount of mental strength, particularly when the score went to 2-2 and it looked like Klizan was going to take the match. According to one report I read Dan said that before the start of the 5th Leon told him to play more aggressively and not be afraid to go for his shots, and that he had to believe he would win - and Dan went back on court and did just that.
I liked the comment from Mike Dickson in the Daily Mail when he quipped that "the 21-year-old from Birmingham had achieved the rare feat of sending a Scottish crowd wild at the sight of an Englishman's victory." Very well done, Dan!