Murray ends GB’s 79 year wait

The last time GB won the Davis Cup was in 1936, but now the last time Britain won it was today. A superb performance by Murray in the 4th rubber gave GB a 3-1 win in the final of the Davis Cup. On Friday Murray beat Bemelmans easily in 3 sets before Kyle Edmund valiantly lost in 5 sets to Goffan. Brother Jamie then joined Andy for the doubles and all those hours practising as kids paid off as they fought past Darcis and Goffan to set everything  up for Murray to finish it off.

It was a long hard journey for both teams with each of them getting their fair share of luck. In the 1st round Belguim were put in a tie with the reigning champions (Switzerland). However, Federer and Wawrinka decided not to play making the champions considerably weaker. In the next round the Belgians again played a side with notable absentees. This time it was a Canada team without Raonic and Pospisil. They were swept away 5-0. Onto the Semi-Finals and they edged past Argentina with Steven Darcis the hero. For GB there was less luck in the run to the final. In the 1st round against the U.S.A James Ward (who in my opinion should’ve taken the second singles place for the final) was the hero beating Isner in 5 sets. Next was France and unlike Federer and Wawrinka, Murray was loyal to his country and played a massive part in the quarters by winning all 3 of the games he played in and sending GB through. There was one more step to the final though. Australia. The tie was played in Glasgow and an amazing crowd lifted Britain into the Final.

The match itself was ferocious but fairly routine for Murray. He took the first set 6-3 and won a hotly contested 2nd 7-5. In the final set Goffan stepped up a gear and broke in the 2nd game. Murray though broke straight back and then at 3-3 broke again. Then he held serve routinely to make it 5-3. In the final game he went 30-0 up before Goffan hit back to make it 30-15. Murray got match point with 40-15 before powering a serve into the net. The last point was dramatic. He looked to have lost it as Goffan sent him wide but he made a fantastic lob to win it for GB.

This is an amazing win for GB and Murray and will be a huge step forward for both of them. Murray wanted this so much (shown by his celebrations and reaction afterwards) and I think will now push on and win more Grand Slams. For Britain it shows maybe they don’t have to rely on Murray all the time (they do have to most the time) but now in my opinion James Ward and Kyle Edmund can push on more and help out Murray in carrying the Union Jack!


3 thoughts on “Murray ends GB’s 79 year wait

  1. Thank you for a fantastic summary of the steps leading up to the final of the Davis Cup. I had not followed this and so it was interesting to see how we got there and just how many teams were without key players along the way. Nevertheless GB have done a great job and it is something to celebrate after a long time without any silverware.
    Let us hope that Andy does continue on a personal basis to achieve more grand slams.
    I shall watch the younger players with interest and let us hope that they get a boost as you suggest and they go on to achieve bigger and better results


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