Great Britain’s Davis Cup clash against Canada is on a knife-edge after the first day’s play ended with the tie all-square at 1-1.
Dan Evans eased to a 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory over the 17-year-old Denis Shapovalov in Ottawa to give Great Britain the perfect start but Kyle Edmund was then beaten by Vasek Pospisil 6-4 6-1 7-6.
A dejected Edmund said after losing to a player ranked 86 places lower than him: “It was just not good enough, pretty dismal from my standards.
“Everyone can accept winning and losing but it needs to be a lot better at this level.
“I’m just very disappointed for myself, for the team. It’s annoying when you have support like that and fans come out and spend money and travel and to put on a performance like that. You just really want to do well.”
On Saturday the 44-year-old Daniel Nestor and Pospisil will take on Britain’s Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot in the doubles.