British number one Andy Murray beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the final day’s reverse singles to seal victory for defending champions Team GB in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round tie that took place in Birmingham over the weekend.
On Friday Murray had beaten Taro Daniel 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 while Dan Evans had lost against Nishikori 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) so the teams were even going into Saturday’s Doubles. Team Murray, Andy and brother Jamie beat Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in straight sets to give Team GB the overnight advantage going into the third and final day. Murray then stepped up to the challenge winning his five set battle against Nishikori 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, a gruelling match that lasted just under five hours to give Team GB an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie.
Britain will now face Serbia away in the quarter-finals scheduled to take place from 15th – 17th July.
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