Netherlands booked its place in the Final 8 in Malaga and ensured USA will join them from Group D after turning the tables on hosts Great Britain to win 2-1 in Glasgow.

Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop completed the turnaround with a hard-earned triumph in the deciding doubles, defeating Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury 7-6(0), 6-7(6), 6-3 having seen a match point come and go in the second-set tiebreak.

Earlier in the singles, Botic Van de Zandschulp downed Cam Norrie in the battle of the No.1s to cancel out Dan Evans’ opening win over Tallon Griekspoor.

“So many mixed emotions, playing for the country, playing with my old partner, which is always a blessing, and playing against one of the legends, Andy Murray,” an emotional Matwe Middelkoop said moments after the win, which sends Netherlands into the Davis Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2005.

“It shows what the heart can do – we have a lot of entertainment to offer in Malaga.”

Matwe Middelkoop and Wesley Koolhof (NED)

Matwe Middelkoop and Wesley Koolhof

It shows what the heart can do – we have a lot of entertainment to offer in Malaga

With two victories apiece this week, Netherlands returns to the Emirates Arena on Saturday to face USA in a tie that will determine who finishes top of the group, while Great Britain will take on Kazakhstan on Sunday.

Knowing only a win could keep the hosts’ hopes alive in the deciding doubles, Murray and Salisbury broke in the opening game to the delight of a raucous Emirates Arena crowd.

But the Dutch became increasingly dangerous as the set wore on, and after breaking back to reach 4-4 they ran away with the tiebreak, Middelkoop producing the play of the day in Glasgow after recovering from a diving volley to produce a reaction winner that left Salisbury stunned.

The second set was an even tighter affair with both sides only given one or two brief looks at a break point. The tension only served to ratchet up the quality in the resulting tiebreak as the quartet produced a string of frantic rallies and finesse touches to reach 5-5.

The Dutch held a match point moments later, saved by an unplayable return from Murray, and the Brits rescued the set to reduce the tie to a one-set shootout.

Botic Van de Zandschulp (NED)

Botic Van de Zandschulp

I think I played almost a perfect match, served amazing and made very little mistakes in the rallies - this is one of my best matches for sure

In the third, chances came and went to move ahead on both sides, first for Netherlands who let two break points slip in a marathon fourth game before Great Britain saw a pair of chances pass at 3-3, Murray burying a second-serve return in the net on perhaps the best of them.

It was a costly miss, with Koolhof and Middelkoop breaking Salisbury’s serve in the next game to lead 5-3, Koolhof completing Netherlands’ first Davis Cup win over Great Britain by serving out to love.

“From the first point on it was very intense,” said Koolhof. “In the first we managed to turn it around to win the tiebreak. We tried to keep the momentum, but the guys deserved to win at least one set. We kept on going, got the break and managed to serve it out.”

In the singles, Van de Zandschulp claimed the fourth top-10 win of his career – and third of 2022 – defeating world No.8 Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-2 to level the tie.

Norrie had beaten the Dutch world No.35 for the loss of just three games when they met in Montreal last month, but today Van de Zandschulp was at his bullying best, denying him a sniff of a break point as opening strikes in each set proved enough to square things up at 1-1.

The Dutchman ended with 12 aces to Norrie’s one, and had the GB No.1 scrambling as he showed some fine court craft with angled passes, drop shots and lobs as he accelerated to the finish line in the second set.

Dan Evans (GBR)

Dan Evans

“I think I played almost the perfect match,” Van de Zandschulp said. “I served amazing and made very little mistakes in the rallies, so it was one of my best matches for sure – entirely different here to the last time we played. In Montreal I was a bit off the court, but not today.”

In the day’s opening match, Dan Evans had given Great Britain the best possible start with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Griekspoor.

Narrowly beaten by USA’s Tommy Paul in the standout contest so far in Glasgow, he took the chances he had rued against the American to defuse the powerful Dutchman over two sets, clinching late breaks in both to cap a triumph built on focus.

“It's something I need to work on, it's not the best part of my game, but I'm doing well with it,” said Evans, who kept his cool as the Dutch fans attempted to get under his skin late in the first set.

“In this atmosphere it's even more key not to lose focus. There's a lot happening on the court, around the court. There's away fans, Netherlands fans in this case. It was difficult. I did a good job of keeping myself calm.”

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