ATP CUP SYDNEY DAY 3
Daniel Evans leant on the teammates literally in his corner as Great Britain kept their faint ATP Cup finals hopes alive in Sydney.
The Brits, having lost to Bulgaria to begin the inaugural men's team tennis tournament on Friday, fell further into a hole with Cameron Norrie's 6-2 6-4 loss to Steve Darcis on Sunday.
The two best-performed second placed teams from the six groups spread across Sydney, Brisbane and Perth will join the six group winners in the quarter-finals in Sydney.
It meant Tim Henman's side were effectively one match from an early exit before world No.42 Evans delivered a 6-4 6-4 upset over world No.11 David Goffin.
The victory took their tie against Belgium into a decisive doubles rubber and Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury got the job done 6-3 7-6 (9-7), despite Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen saving two match points in a tense tie-break.
Evans said having his teammates, captain and coach positioned on a bench on the corner of the baseline, where they could chat between games and even points, had helped.
"I'd say it's one of the highest levels I played and obviously it made it pretty sweet to have everyone there behind ... in the corners," he said.
"It's pretty cool; it definitely helped to get me through the match."
Earlier in Sydney, Grigor Dimitrov helped edge Bulgaria a step closer to the finals after his straight sets win over Radu Albot secured the tie for his country.
The world No.20 looked in fine touch, registering a 6-2 6-3 win over the Moldovan.
While it was a cooler day in Sydney following Saturday's scorching 45C heat, the the winds brought with it bushfire smoke haze and dust which impacted Ken Rosewall Arena despite its new roof.
Dimitar Kuzmanov gave Bulgaria the perfect start with a 6-1 7-5 win over Alexander Cozbinov.
The victory leaves the Bulgarians at 2-0 for the competition along with Australia who downed Canada 3-0 in Group F.
Bulgaria will face the Goffin-led Belgium on Tuesday night, with a win securing the top place in Pool C and a spot in the last eight.
Great Britain play Moldova, needing a 3-0 win to have any chance of progressing to the finals.
In Perth, the Italy-Norway Group D rubber went down to the wire with the Italians claiming a 2-1 victory in the tie to stay in with a chance of making the finals.
Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini captured the deciding doubles clash 6-3 7-6 (7-3) over Casper Ruud and Viktor Durasovic.
It had come after the countries had split their singles.
Stefano Travaglia eased past Durasovic 6-1 6-1 while Ruud continued his sparkling form with a 6-2 6-2 demolition of world No.12 Fognini.
Ruud had taken down John Isner in Norway's opening round robin win over USA.