Russia build lead over Great Britain

James Ward
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Great Britain lose both opening rubbers in five sets to fall 2-0 behind to Russia in their Davis Cup tie.

Great Britain face an uphill task if they are to earn a World Group playoff tie later in 2013 after falling 2-0 behind to Russia in the Davis Cup.

Both Dan Evans and James Ward impressed against their higher-ranked opponents at the Ricoh Arena, but they each succumbed to five-set defeats.

Evans twice came from behind against Dmitry Tursunov to force a decider, but the world number 67 finally prevailed 6-4 6-7 6-4 5-7 6-4.

Ward had looked on course to level up proceedings after moving two sets ahead, but Evgeny Donskoy fought back to win 4-6 4-6 7-5 6-2 8-6.

Great Britain's hopes in the tie now rest on Saturday's doubles, with Jonny Marray and Colin Fleming requiring a victory to maintain their team's interest in the match.

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