Tennis: Argentina dump champions Britain out of Davis Cup

Leonardo Mayer (back right) of Argentina celebrates with his team members after defeating Daniel Evans of Britain during the Tennis Davis Cup semi-final tie between Britain and Argentina in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sept 18, 2016.
Leonardo Mayer (back right) of Argentina celebrates with his team members after defeating Daniel Evans of Britain during the Tennis Davis Cup semi-final tie between Britain and Argentina in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sept 18, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

(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.