A familiar tale of German superiority in the shootouts saw Great Britain bundled out the Davis Cup quarter final on Tuesday night.
After Dan Evans had put GB one up at a locked down Innsbruck Olympiahalle, neither Cam Norrie nor the British doubles pairing could grab their chances in two desperately tight matches.
Germany now head on to the climax of the event in Madrid, thanks to a 7-6, 7-6 victory for Tim Puetz and Kevin Krawietz over fellow top-20 players Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski.
Germany celebrate after beating Great Britain to reach the last four in the Davis Cup
Just when the GB duo looked set to take a supremely high quality encounter into a decider they subsided from 5-0 up in the tiebreak to lose it 7-5 amid a flurry of