Sherwood singles ends in defeat

Last updated at 10:08 07 March 2005

David Sherwood's Davis Cup singles debut ended in valiant defeat in his dead rubber against Israel's Harel Levy at Canada Stadium.

The 24-year-old Yorkshireman failed to build on a fine first-set advantage and eventually fell 6-7 6-4 6-3 in a competitive match.

Sherwood's defeat did not affect the final outcome with Greg Rusedski's earlier singles win sealing what ultimately proved to be a 3-2 victory for Great Britain in this Euro-African Zone Group I tie.

Sherwood - who starred alongside Andrew Murray in yesterday's crucial doubles win over world-ranked Israelis Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram - got his chance to impress after his Scottish team-mate failed to recover from a minor shin problem.

And he acquitted himself well with solid ground strokes taking him all the way to a first set tie-break which he raced through, winning 7-1.

But former world top 30 player Levy hit back with the enthusiastic backing of a home crowd who had stuck around to lend him their support.

He quickly double-broke Sherwood in the second set to level matters but the young Briton fought back strongly and missed a chance to turn the deciding set back in his favour.

Sherwood spurned two break point opportunities for a 4-2 lead and was punished immediately when Levy wriggled out of danger and immediately broke his opponent.

This time Levy made no mistake with a wild Sherwood forehand sealing his fate at the end of what will nevertheless be viewed as an encouraging Davis Cup introduction.

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