Defeat for Dan Evans leaves Britain and Lithuania level
Evans (left) went to five sets for the first time in his career
Dan Evans lost a thrilling five-set match against Ricardas Berankis to leave Britain's Davis Cup tie against Lithuania poised at 1-1 after day one.
Evans, 19, fought hard in a high-quality encounter against a player ranked 52 places above him but lost 6-1 4-6 7-6 3-6 6-3 in Vilnius.
Earlier, James Ward enjoyed a perfect Davis Cup debut as he beat Laurynas Grigelis 6-4 6-2 6-4.
Ken Skupski and Colin Fleming carry Britain's doubles hopes on Saturday.
"I think it was a good today," GB captain John Lloyd told BBC Radio 5 live. "It could even have been better with Dan Evans coming so close but it showed a lot of things today.
"James knew that if he lost his match, the chances were we'd be down 2-0, so it was almost all on him and he came through very, very well.
Fleming and Skupski are a good team and with the opposition facing them we should up 2-1 by tomorrow night
GB captain John Lloyd
"Dan was down a set, was getting absolutely blitzed and could easily have panicked but he dug in and played a fabulous match. So for me it was a good day, I learned a lot about their characters."
Lloyd's side are seeking their first Davis Cup win since September 2007 when they beat Croatia in Tim Henman's last match before retiring.
Since then, despite the efforts of world number four Andy Murray, Britain have lost four ties in a row and now find themselves in Europe/Africa Zone Group II for the first time since 1996.
Murray's decision to skip this tie in order to focus on winning his maiden Grand Slam title left Lloyd with an inexperienced squad, none of whom had tasted victory in a live Davis Cup match.
Ward put that record to bed in Friday's first singles match as he became the first British player apart from Henman, Murray and his part-time coach Greg Rusedski, to win a live singles rubber since Andrew Richardson in 1997.
However, Evans is still without a Davis Cup win.
The 19-year-old lost both his matches against Poland in September in straight sets but he put up a valiant fight against Berankis, who has risen 122 places in the world rankings this year.
"I was disappointed I didn't get the win in the end," Evans told 5 live.
"I think it bodes well for Sunday if I'm needed. I showed the other opponent what I'm about.
"Against Poland, I was a bit overwhelmed it's fair to say, but today I put everything I could on the court and he was a bit better than me."
Ward showed few nerves on his Davis Cup debut
The British number four made an awful start, losing the first 6-1, but hit back when the talented but erratic Berankis lost form in the second set.
Evans was then a break up in the third set before eventually losing it on a tie-break, and though he battled back again to ensure he played his first ever fifth set, the Birmingham teenager could not complete what would have been a hugely impressive comeback.
Ward, by contrast, enjoyed a comfortable day at the office as he got Britain off to the perfect start.
On a quick court at the Vitas Gerulaitis Tennis Centre, the 23-year-old showed few signs of nerves - until he came to serve out the first set at 5-4.
The world number 250, ranked 273 places above his 18-year-old opponent, had been serving excellently but three double faults in the game gave Grigelis hope.
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