Fleming & Hutchins keep GB alive
Great Britain showed some fight in their Davis Cup tie against Belgium as Ross Hutchins and Colin Fleming got the better of Ruben Bemelmans and David Goffin.
The British pair recorded a 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 triumph in the Europe/Africa Zone Group I fixture at Glasgow's Braehead Arena.
Great Britain began Saturday 2-0 down, after Josh Goodall and Dan Evans lost singles rubbers against Steve Darcis and Olivier Rochus respectively. If Hutchins and Fleming had lost, the tie would have been over.
Fleming, perhaps sensing the importance of the match, produced a nervy opening service game, allowing Belgium to grab an early break - and that was all they needed to take the opening set.
The two teams traded breaks in the second frame, which meant that Bemelmans needed to hold in the 12th game in order to force a tiebreak. He was unable to do so, as Hutchins conjured a low forehand volley that squared matters at one set each.
Hutchins converted another break point to put Great Britain 4-2 ahead in the third frame, and Leon Smith's charges looked unruffled as they smoothly moved within one set of a crucial victory.
The triumph was secured with a break in the ninth game of the fourth, Fleming hammering a smash to breathe life into Great Britain's Davis Cup campaign.
In Sunday's singles action, Goodall will face Rochus, while Evans meets Darcis.