This weekend’s Davis Cup quarter finals fixture featured top seeds Team GB against Serbia and should have seen a meeting of the world’s top two tennis players Novak Djokovic and British number one Andy Murray, but neither were on court in Belgrade.
As an exhausted Murray cheered from the sidelines after his recent Wimbledon victory it seemed that Team GB didn’t need his expertise on the occasion as they roared to victory. It was left to a young Kyle Edmund, 21 playing at the number one spot to secure Team GB’s place in the semi-finals with his final day straight set victory over Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). This result gave the team an unassailable 3-1 lead with the final scoreline finishing at 3-2 as James Ward lost 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 to Janko Tipsarevic in the final match of the day.
This latest victory gives captain Leon Smith fourteen out of sixteen Davis Cup victories since he took over the reigns back in 2010 and it was the first time the team have won a World Group match without their number one player. The team will now play against sixth seeds Argentina in a home fixture in September and Murray should return to his position, France who are fifth seeds will take on Croatia to decide the two opponents that will challenge each other in the finals due to take place at the end of November.
The score was 1-1 at the end of day one after singles wins from Edmund against Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 and Lajovic beat Ward 6-1, 6-3, 6-2. Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot defeated Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic in the crucial doubles match 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-4 to give Team GB a 2-1 lead and Edmund delivered his thrilling victory to secure the team’s spot in the semi-finals.