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Summary

  1. Day two: Canada 1-2 GB, Davis Cup World Group first round (Ottawa)
  2. Doubles - Murray/Inglot (GB) beat Nestor/Pospisil (Can) 7-6 6-7 7-6 6-3
  3. Sunday: Pospisil v Evans and Shapovalov v Edmund (best-of-five tie)
  4. Live coverage on BBC Two, online and app

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye!

Time for us to disappear into the night. But before we do, let's whet your appetite for tomorrow's action. Here are the scores on the doors...

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Join us again from 17:00 GMT to see if Britain can nab that decisive rubber. Cheerio!

France awaits

Canada 1-2 Great Britain

Great Britain and Canada already know the prize at stake - a trip to France in the Davis Cup quarter-finals.

The French won their tie against Japan, who were without Kei Nishikori, with a day to spare after Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert won the doubles to give them an unassailable 3-0 lead.

A win for either Dan Evans or Kyle Edmund tomorrow gives the French chance of revenge for that memorable beating at Queens in 2015.

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Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (3-7) 3-6 Great Britain

Jamie Baker

Former GB Davis Cup player on BBC Two

Regardless of Vasek Pospisil's injury, that doubles match was always going to be crucial in having a bearing on tomorrow's matches. The chances of Pospisil beating Dan Evans are much slimmer now. 

You will see Evans get into face of Pospisil, use his variety well and pummel his backhand. That's by far the Canadian's weakest side.

'No excuse for us not to outlast them'

Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (3-7) 3-6 Great Britain

Great Britain's Jamie Murray on BBC Two: "Both teams knew how important this match was. It was 50/50 going into the match, we knew it would be a close game because of the surface and because we all know how to play doubles.

"We're really happy to win the point and we have given our guys two bites of the cherry tomorrow.

"As the match went on we started the points better and I think they got a bit tired as well. The surface was not easy, it was hard on the joints, but Vasek played yesterday and Daniel is getting older, so there was no excuse for us not to outlast them."

Game, set and stats

Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (3-7) 3-6 Great Britain

As we've been telling you, and the match stats prove, there wasn't much between those two pairs...

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'Inglot was the class act'

John Lloyd

Former GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Two

I thought Dom Inglot was the best player on the court over four sets and Jamie Murray backed him up superbly. That was a big match for Inglot to come through in a pressure situation, and I thought he was the class act in the match. He’s been so desperate to get out on the court but he’s had to wait because Andy Murray was playing – and Dom knew that was the right thing to do. But he’s showed he is ready. If Andy plays a long match in a tie and is fatigued, we have a player who can step in without hesitation.

Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot of Great Britain congratulate each other
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Jamie Baker

Former GB Davis Cup player on BBC Two

It wasn't the most amazing tennis to watch because there were not many rallies. But a lot of the tiebreaks were funny, they were very one-sided. Whoever got the upper hand early went on to win.

Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (3-7) 3-6 Great Britain

Firm handshakes and man hugs all around the British camp. And plenty of swaying from the singing Barmy Army. Celebration time. 

Game, set and match - Great Britain

Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (3-7) 3-6 Great Britain

They've done it! Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot finally overpower Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil in this titanic arm wrestle. 

Britain lead 2-1 after this pivotal doubles match. One more rubber in tomorrow's two singles will stick the 2015 champions in the next round.

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Great Britain beat Canada in doubles

Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (3-7) 3-5 Great Britain*

Daniel Nestor is tasked with keeping Canada in this match. He wallops a first serve against the back of Pospisil's head. I'm sure that wasn't because his chum choked in the previous game. 

The British boys are cooking on gas now, an Inglot winner down the line is followed by a close-range Murray effort for a 15-30 lead.

Canada haul themselves level though, then go 40-30 ahead when Murray skews a baseline return in the net. And Nestor spanks an ace down the 'T' to hold.

Over to Dom Inglot....

*Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (3-7) 2-5 Great Britain

Swiiiiiing! That's the sound of momentum shifting firmly towards the British pair. Vasek Pospisil's head is in the washing machine, a shank off the rim of his racquet nearly spelling the end of his weapon's life. He tries to compose himself but the British pair are in no mood now to let him and Nestor off the hook.

A hold to 15 and the Brits are one game away from victory.

GB break

Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (3-7) 2-4 Great Britain*

Britain have got...to go again. The whole arena thinks the Brits are going to take break point #1 when Inglot goes down the line, only for Pospisil to rummage in the top drawer and pull out a stunning crosscourt half volley that dust the far sideline.

0-40 becomes 30-40, but Murray and Inglot hold their nerve as Pospisil buckles again at the crucial time. Breakthrough!

Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot
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*Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (3-7) 2-3 Great Britain

Vasek Pospisil's mind needs a massage. He double faults for 0-15, then slams a decent Inglot return into the net for 0-30. The Brits ramp up the pressure, another Inglot volley palmed into the net by Pospisil. Three break points...

Canada captain Martin Laurendeau turns physio again at the changeover, tending to Pospisil's knee. I hope he's getting paid two salaries for tonight.

*Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (3-7) 2-3 Great Britain

Pospisil pounces at the net to raise Canadian hopes at 0-15, Inglot extinguishing them with a gentle half-volley. Good hands for a big man.

Jamie Murray does what he does best, hammering away a couple of net volleys, to give the Brits breathing space at 40-15.

And he pulls out his favoured shot again - a backhand, cross-court volley - to seal the hold.

Jamie Murray of Great Britain volleys
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Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (3-7) 2-2 Great Britain*

Nestor, socks still firmly pulled up to the knees, sends down some swinging left-handers to move 30-0 clear, and it's another simple hold. Serve very much in charge again as everyone seems to be taking a breather.

Pospisil necks a couple of pills between games.

John Lloyd

Former GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Two

It is tough to see, although we don't know how bad his injury is, how Pospisil can come out tomorrow and beat Dan Evans.

*Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (3-7) 1-2 Great Britain

A few jitters as Murray drops the first point but Inglot clambers all over the net to get the initiative back, and then angles away a backhand volley to see out the game to 30.

Time for another rubdown on the Pospisil thigh...

Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (3-7) 1-1 Great Britain*

All the energy is on the British side of the net right now but Canada do well to hang on as the visitors buzz around the net, looking for openings. Nestor closes out the game with a gentle flick of his wrist on a forehand volley.

*Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (3-7) 0-1 Great Britain

A solid start to the fourth set for Britain, with Inglot thumping down a heavy serve for a love hold. Time for a quick chinwag with captain Smith on the changeover, then back to it...

Dominic Inglot of Great Britain serves
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'Britain were the sharper'

John Lloyd

Former GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Two

It was a fabulous tie-breaker and Britain were the sharper team. I’ll make a prediction for this set – it will not be a tie-breaker. Dan Evans will be taking a sneaky look at the treatment Pospisil is getting and will be very happy. To come in and win three matches in three days, very difficult.

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'Pospisil under pressure'

Jamie Baker

Former GB Davis Cup player on BBC Two

It’s Pospisil’s serve that really came under pressure in his last two service games, and then he double-faulted at the start of the tie-break.

Vasek Pospisil of Canada serves
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Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (3-7) Great Britain

Time for a breather. And, boy, we need it. Jamie Murray disappears to the gents, Vasek Pospisil calls on the trainer - captain Martin Laurendeau doesn't double up as a physio this time - for some more treatment on that left knee.

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Game and third set - Great Britain

Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (3-7) Great Britain

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GB take 2-1 lead

They've got it! Great Britain go two-sets-to-one ahead. Inglot hits the straps with his second serve, Nestor pounding a forehand long. 

Tie-break

Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-6 (3-6) Great Britain*

And then another disappears. Murray into the net. Two serves for the set...

Tie-break

*Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-6 (2-6) Great Britain

One goes when Murray's forehand flies miles wide. 

Tie-break

*Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-6 (1-6) Great Britain

Murray serves down the middle, Pospisil goes long. FIVE set points....

Tie-break

Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-6 (1-5) Great Britain*

Vasek Pospisil slaps a weak forehand into the net from the baseline. Murray and Inglot within touching distance...

Tie-break

Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-6 (1-4) Great Britain*

Canada finally get on the scoreboard but it is a tough ask from here...

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*Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-6 (0-4) Great Britain

Canada crumbling.

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*Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-6 (0-3) Great Britain

A cross-court forehand from Pospisil flies wide. Britain follow up the mini-break with a coupole of holds... 

Vasek Pospisil of Canada returns
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Tie-break

Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-6 (0-2) Great Britain*

Dom Inglot picks up a backhand volley from the court, Nestor has no response. Britain in command...

Tie-break

Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-6 (0-1) Great Britain*

Groans from the Canadian crowd, but not as loud as Vasel Pospisil's moan. He coughs up a double fault. Far from an ideal start...

Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-6 Great Britain

Dom Inglot crouches down on the deck, leaping into action like a frog to stick away a reaction volley. Then does the same again for 30-0.

A brief blip from the Murray serve brings up 40-15, but it barely matters. Into a third successive tie-break. I've got deja vu...

Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-5 Great Britain*

Whatever Dom Inglot can do, Daniel Nestor can do. Canada's veteran leftie also sticks a love-hold on the board, Murray nor Inglot able to offer many answers. At the changeover, Vasek Pospisil gets the thumbs of captain/physio Martin Laurendeau into his troublesome left knee. 

*Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 5-5 Great Britain

"Yes Dom!" shouts someone from the sideline who sounds suspiciously like Kyle Edmund. That comes after Inglot thumps down blistering serve after blistering serve in an easy peasy hold to love. Message. Sent.

Canada hold

Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 5-4 Great Britain*

Game points come, game points go. Dom Inglot produces a bit of magic with a forehand that Pospisil can only stun into the net for deuce number three.

The Canadians continue to discuss their tactics behind their red and white sweatbands, Pospisil taking Nestor's advice with his next serve. What advice? "Just whack an ace down the middle mate."

That he does, going on to take the next point. A tough hold, but a hold nonetheless. Pressure back on British shoulders.

Canadia fans cheer
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Break points for GB

*Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 4-4 Great Britain

The Pospisil serve is creaking again. Inglot uses those microscopic arms to thread a net volley through the Canadian pair for 15-30, a break point swiftly following.

Two break points for the British pair...

One goes begging when Nestor hammers away a lobbed Murray return, the second also disappearing when Inglot sends a forehand long. Deuce...

*Canada 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 4-4 Great Britain

The clock has just ticked into its third hour inside Ottawa's TD Place Arena. No sign of players - or the boisterous crowd - getting tired yet. Every point is greeted by some football-style terrace chant.

A double fault by Jamie Murray brings the Canadians level at 15-15, but the Scot ups the ante with an ace for 40-15. And quick reflexes at the net by partner Inglot clinch the game.