Excellent Britain were beaten 2-1 by hosts Spain at the Davis Cup in Madrid on Saturdays semi-finals.
Jamie Murray along with Neal Skupski dropped the deciding doubles rubber 7-6 (6-3) 7-6 (10-8) against the team of Rafael Nadal and Feliciano Lopez in front of a partisan home crowd.
In the absence of Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund had given a 1-0 lead with a singles win over Lopez in the opening game of the tie to Leon Smiths side.
The world No 69 followed up his straight-set wins at the ties against Kazakhstan and Germany with a 6-3 7-6 (7-3) win from Lopez — who himself was a late replacement for Pablo Carreno Busta, who pulled out with disease.
Nadal overcome No 1 Dan Evans 6-4 6-0 to level the tie going into the rubber.
Spain will go to confront finalists Canada in Sundays final when they beat Russia 2-1 in the early semi-final of Saturday.
After the Lawn Tennis Association supplied tickets to supporters at no cost almost 1,000 fans in the Caja Magica backed britain.
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