Great Britain's Dan Evans wasn't happy after Germany replaced Dominik Koepfer with Peter Gojowczyk just before the start of their Davis Cup quarterfinal tie. Evans had been projected to play Koepfer but Germany replaced him with Gojowczyk just an before the start of the tie.
Evans spendtthe night preparing to play Koepfer and he thought it wasn't fair when he was notified that he would play Gojowczyk. Still Evans ended up destroying Gojowczyk 6-2 6-1 but still he called for a rule change. “Maybe Dominik was hurt, or maybe they thought, you know, I'd beat a left-hander, lose to a right-hander.
We'll never know, I guess. I'm sure they had their reasons,” said Evans, per Eurosport. "This is sort of the beauty of this competition. I don't think it's particularly fair on the No. 2 that you can change it an hour before.
I think it should go the night before, in my opinion. But that's my opinion, you have to deal with those things."
Evans says he can't prepare for two people
“I can't prepare to play two people. Can't do all the stuff the night before.
We guessed it would be Koepfer, so I prepared to play Koepfer. But I can't do that twice over. I'll be up all night, which for the quality of tennis for the event, I think it should be the night before," Evans noted. “I just think it would be a little better for preparation and stuff.
But then, on the other side of it, it is pretty cool that you can sub somebody in and it is a different way to look at it. Depends which way you look at it”. Evans gave Great Britain an early led but world No. 12 Cameron Norrie failed to deliver against Jan-Lennard Struff in the following rubber.
Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski then lost to Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz in the decisive rubber as Germany booked a semifinal ticket.