British number one Andy Murray beat Australia’s Bernard Tomic to take Great Britain through to their first Davis Cup final since 1978. Murray won his third match of the fixture 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 to give Team GB an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie. The team, captained by Leon Smith, will now face either a home-tie against Argentina or an away fixture against Belgium in the final on 27th -29th November and the pressure will be on as Britain last won the Davis Cup in 1936, led by tennis legend Fred Perry.
In the first round Murray defeated Thansai Kokkinakis 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 at the fixture which took place at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena but teammate Dan Evans lost against Tomic in a four set battle 3-6, 6-7(2), 7-6(4), 4-6 so the score was 1-1. The dynamic Murray then teamed up with older brother Jamie in the doubles to beat Samuel Groth and Lleyton Hewitt in an epic five set marathon 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(6). 6-4 and give team GB back the lead. Murray’s win today secured overall victory and the final score was 3-2 after Evans lost against Kokkinakis 5-7 4-6.
Murray said on BBC TV: “Winning for your country and your team-mates means a lot. The crowd were unbelievable from the first ball to the last. I didn’t feel great the whole weekend to be honest, I’ve been struggling with my back, but I just tried to disguise it.”
Team GB captain Smith added: “He’s quite good isn’t he? It’s pretty amazing watching Andy’s work over the whole weekend, he fights so hard and he’s got the quality. He executed it perfectly today.”