The second set was an equally-close affair, also going to a breaker which saw the British pair blow their 5-0 lead, as Germany won seven points on the bounce to win the 7-6(10) 7-6(5), booking their place in the semi-final and knocking Britain out of the Davis Cup Finals.
Great Britain had defeated Germany at the same stage of the inaugural Davis Cup Finals two years ago in Madrid, after the tournament often dubbed the ‘world cup of men’s tennis’ was given a format shake-up.
In 2019, the British squad suffered a narrow defeat to eventual-champions Spain, as Kyle Edmund was able to defeat Felicano Lopez in the first singles tie before Evans lost to the year-end world No 1 that season – Rafael Nadal.
It was Nadal and Lopez who clinched the tie and a spot in the final in the doubles, as they defeated Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski in two tiebreak sets.
Germany will now face either the Russian Tennis Federation or Sweden in the last-four, with the semi-finals and final to be held in Madrid.