Great Britain were just win win away from reaching the semi-finals of the Davis Cup on Sunday; recent years have heralded much improved showings from the Brits but there is no evidence to suggest it can continue.
Both of GB's wins in the 3-2 loss to Italy in Naples came from games in which Andy Murray featured.
Of course it's great to have a two-time Grand Slam winner in your team but the world no.8 requires support from at least one other person for whom a win can be more than just the efforts of the unfancied underdog.
James Ward and Dan Evans have both been key to the recent improvements, but even so; neither are ranked in the top 100 and usually need bigger performances than they can usually muster to pull off a win.
Britain are lucky to have somebody of Murray's quality but happens when he decides that he must further his development on clay, or step up preparations for Grand Slams, for example?
Most countries in the World Group have at least two reputable singles players.
Italy had just that with Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi, it proved to be the difference between the two sides. Few can berate Britain's no.1 for losing his singles rubber to Fognini considering his heavy workload which followed a virus for the duration of the weekend.
For this country to ever get close to matching the likes of Switzerland, France and consecutive winners Czech Republic, and therefore stand a chance of winning the Davis Cup for the first time since before WW2, then we need another Murray.
Maybe things can start to change within the next few years. Murray's historic win at Wimbledon was supposed to commence a new dawn of avid British tennis stars; we may have to wait a few years for results to come to fruition.
Until that day comes, the best chance of staying in the World Group lies with a player like Evans stepping up his game. It's not totally out the reckoning, the national no.2 is only 23 and still has plenty of time to improve.
Evans has shown glimpses of quality as well; he reached the third round of the most recent US Open.
Yet, he never managed to make the team for the defeat to Italy, such is his apparent inability on clay. He must become a more consistent and more rounded player.
Third round appearances, and beyond, must become standard across a number of different majors rather than the exception - like Evans - for Great Britain to become a well respected and competitive tennis nation once more.
How nice it would be if we had stars that didn't constantly need wildcard entries to gain a spot at Wimbledon and other major events.
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