Davis Cup Final
Great Britain traveled to Belgium to take part in their first Davis Cup Final since 1978. Ironically, that final featured two brothers in the Lloyd brothers as GB were defeated by Australia. This time it was the Murray Brothers who would hope to go one better and bring the cup back to Britain for the first time since 1936.
The home side Belgium, who unlike Britain had no superstar player, had chosen to play on clay as this is Andy Murray’s weakest surface. In the end it made little difference but Belgium did strike first. World number 16 David Goffin was to take on debutant Kyle Edmund. Edmund played some fantastic tennis to take the first two sets and an upset looked on the cards, however he could not sustain it and Goffin broke straight away in the third and then never looked back. He lost only three games in winning the remaining three sets to put Belgium up 1-0.
The Belgian lead did not last too long though. Andy Murray swept aside Ruben Bemelens as expected in straight sets to level the score going into a crucial doubles on the Saturday where Andy would team up with Brother Jamie again Goffin and Steve Darcis, who scored an upset win over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2013. After an even first couple of sets Jamie Murray and the two Belgians ball lost service games and a superb lob from Jamie Murray against the Goffin serve gave the Brits a 4-2 lead in the third which they went on to convert and win the set. In the fourth set Darcis lost his serve and the Brits led needing one more game. Jamie Murray had to save seven break points, but went on to serve it out to give GB a 2-1 lead in the tie.
David Goffin was Belgium’s final hope needing to score a huge upset win to stop Andy Murray making history. Despite playing some great tennis at times Goffin just did not have enough. Murray went two sets up and appeared to be coasting. Goffin broke in the first game of the third to give Begium hope as his game went up a level. Eventually though the pressure told and Murray broke 3 times to ultimately take the set and match. Serving to save the game at 3-5. Goffin despite playing an excellent point, was beaten by a superb lob from Murray to seal the game, match and Davis Cup. Murray is 11-0 in this years Davis Cup, and it is history for Great Britain who were nearly relegated to the fourth rung of the competition only five years ago.
MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD
David Cup Final At The Expo Flanders Arena, Ghent, Belgium
Belgium V Great Britain
David Goffin Beat Kyle Edmund 3-2 (3-6 1-6 6-2 6-1 6-0)
Andy Murray Beat Ruben Bemelmans 3-0 (6-3 6-2 7-5)
Andy Murray & Jamie Murray Beat David Goffin & Steve Darcis 3-1 (6-4 4-6 6-3 6-2)
Andy Murray Beat David Goffin 3-0 (6-3 7-5 6-3)
FINAL SCORE – Belgium 1 Great Britain 3
GREAT BRITAIN WIN THE DAVIS CUP
Moon of Liberty Star Man – Andy Murray (Great Britain)