The Aegon GB Team were defeated in their latest Davis Cup by BNP Paribas fixture playing on the indoor clay courts at Le Kindarena in Rouen last weekend. The team, who were without World Number one Andy Murray who is out due to injury, were beaten in the quarter-finals convincingly by France 4-1 .
The team of Jamie Murray, Dom Ingot, Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans were once again captained by Leon Smith. On the opening day the team did not win a single set (for the first time since they were defeated by Argentina in 2008), Edmund lost against World Number seventeen Lucas Rouille 7-5, 7-6(6), 6-3 and Evans was beaten by Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.
On the second day Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau beat Murray and Ingot in the doubles 7-6 (9-7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 to take an unassailable 3-0 lead. The final two dead rubbers were played on the final day, Edmund lost against Chardy 6-4, 6-4 but Evans beat Benneteau 6-1, 6-2. This final victory give Team GB one point but it wasn’t enough to make any difference, it is the first time the team have failed to make the semi-finals in three years.
France will now face Serbia in the semi-finals, Team GB are however assured of a place in the 2018 World Group.
It’s Day Two at the French Open and a tough first round five set match finally ended in victory for British Number One Andy Murray. He faced the oldest man in the men’s singles draw Radek Stepney, 37 who certainly made him work for victory in a match that was carried over from yesterday due to failing light.
British tennis fans had every right to worry that Murray, 29 a three-time French Open semi-finalist might leave the competition in a shock first round defeat after he two trailed two sets to one when play was suspended last night. Today he came back fighting, winning the fourth set convincingly but Stepney didn’t make it easy for him in the fifth and final set pushing him to the limit, the final score was 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 7-5. World Number Two Murray will now face wildcard Mathias Bourgue from France in the next round who is ranked 164.
Fellow Brits Aljaz Bedene, Kyle Edmund and Heather Watson are all also through to the second round. British Number One Johanna Konta must be hoping to emulate her Australian Open Grand Slam success at Roland Garros, she and teammate Laura Robson are both playing their first-round matches today. Naomi Broady leaves the competition after losing to Vandeweghe in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 3-6 yesterday.
A very tired but determined Andy Murray give it his all to win his singles match yesterday to seal Great Britain’s victory against France in the Davis Cup tie at Queen’s Club. British number one Murray who won all his matches over the three days beat Gilles Simon in the four-set match 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-0 in an energy zapping three and half hours on court.
Murray was definitely the star of the show winning his singles against the big serving Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday 7-5, 7-6(10), 6-2, beating Tsonga and partner Nicolas Mahut in the doubles on Saturday with older brother Jamie 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-1 and then yesterday’s epic victory against Simon, who had previously beaten James Ward 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 on the first day of play.
The team are into the last four of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas for the first time since 1981 and will now face Australia in the semi-final in September at a location in the UK that will be announced at a later date. The Australian team, who booked their place in the semi-finals after beating Kazakhstan recovering from being 2-0 down to come back and win, will feature the likes of Lleyton Hewitt, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.
Fresh from their Wimbledon semi-final and finalist achievements Andy and Jamie Murray will now represent the Aegon GB Davis Cup Team GB in this weekend’s fixture against France starting today. Britain beat the USA 3-2 in Glasgow earlier this year in March to reach the last eight and the team are attempting to reach the World Group semi-final stage for the first time since 1981. The winners of this weekend’s tie will face Australia or Kazakhstan in September and Britain are guaranteed a home tie should they make the cut.
In today’s singles matches James Ward faces Gilles Simon in the opening match of this Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarter-final at Queen’s Club in the best-of-five tie at followed by British number one Andy against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Jamie and Dom Inglot are scheduled to face Nicolas Mahut and Richard Gasquet in the doubles tomorrow but team captain Leon Smith can change the team up to one hour before play.
The French team are no easy opponents with three of their players in the World’s top thirteen players with number 11 (Simon), 12 (Tsonga) and 13 (Gasquet) all in the team and their lowest ranked player Mahut is world number 22 in doubles and current Queen’s Club doubles champion. Obviously Team GB has Andy who is world number 3 and Jamie who is world number 20 in doubles.
This weekend’s Davis Cup Schedule
12.30PM: James Ward v Gilles Simon
Andy Murray v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
1PM: Dom Inglot & Jamie Murray v Nicolas Mahut & Richard Gasquet
*players subject to change
12.30PM: Andy Murray v Gilles Simon
James Ward v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga