Fleming and Hutchins seal Davis Cup victory for GB
Duo secure Great Britain's promotion to Europe/Africa Group One of Davis Cup with straight sets win
Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins secured Great Britain’s promotion to the Europe/Africa Group One of the Davis Cup with a straight sets victory over Hungary’s Attila Balazs and Kornel Bardoczky in Glasgow.
The British duo, who reached successive quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the US Open this year, came through 6-3 6-4 6-4 at the Braehead Arena to give GB an unassailable lead before the final day of the tie.
“It feels fantastic,” Fleming said afterwards. “We have been on the losing side before and it is always an honour to play Davis Cup but to be on a winning team with such a great bunch of guys is special.”
Hutchins added: “It is a big relief for me. I have had some difficult days in Davis Cup. It’s great to get the win.
“Colin played great. We have got a great team here and I think we can keep moving, keep doing well.”
The pair, who lost to Ukrainians Sergei Bubka and Sergiy Stakhovsky at the same venue in 2009, started slowly and were lucky not to be behind as the Hungarians failed to punish poor early service games.
When they finally settled, a run of five consecutive games and the end of the first set and start of second put them in the driving seat as they raced into a two-set lead.
Once again, the Glaswegian crowd, led by the enthusiastic spectators from Stirling University, played their part in helping GB to victory as they urged the pair on with every break point.
“It would have been easy to have a lull but not with this crowd that’s for sure! They were right behind us all the way and were fantastic,” added Fleming.
The Brits broke again in the fifth game of the third set, capping it off with a Bryan brothers-style chest bump, before quickly wrapping up the match as Fleming served out to love.
Speaking after the game, GB captain Leon Smith said: “I really enjoy these weeks, the guys work so hard, they’re so upbeat and positive. We’re not getting carried away but it’s been about how we’ve won it over the last four ties.”
Andy Murray and James Ward, who both won their opening matches on Friday, are scheduled to play their reverse singles clashes on Sunday.
Smith expects Murray to feature, while Ward’s fitness will be assessed on the day after he suffered sickness and cramps during his win on Friday.