Murray Secures Davis Cup For Great Britain
Brit clinches title with straight-set win
Andy Murray has brought the Davis Cup back to Great Britain. The World No. 2 downed Belgium’s David Goffin 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in the fourth rubber of the Davis Cup Final in Ghent on Sunday to give the visitors an unassailable 3-1 lead and a 10th Davis Cup title in 104 years of participation.
“It's obviously an amazing feeling,” Murray told DavisCup.com. “I imagine it will take a few days before it really sinks in. But I probably haven't been as emotional as that after a match that I've won. I've been pretty upset having lost matches before, but I'd say that's probably the most emotional I've been after a win.
“It's incredible that we managed to win this competition. I didn't know that would ever be possible. It's great.”
Murray ends his 2015 Davis Cup campaign with an 8-0 singles record, matching a calendar-year best set by John McEnroe and Mats Wilander. The Dumblane native was involved in 11 of the 12 World Group wins posted by Team Great Britain in 2015. James Ward was the only other Brit to win a singles rubber this year.
The Brit made a quick start, going up 5-2 before closing out the first set in 50 minutes. Goffin managed to lengthen rallies and push Murray to 5-5 in the following set, but found himself down two sets after being broken late in the 1:15 second stanza.
In the first rubber on Friday, Goffin overcame a two-set deficit for the first time in Davis Cup action against rookie Kyle Edmund. The Belgian, No. 16 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, could not repeat that exploit. He mounted a final charge by breaking the Murray serve in the second game of the third set, but saw his opponent counter strongly to seal the outcome in just under three hours.
“Of course I am very disappointed,” Goffin told DavisCup.com after the match. “But Great Britain and Andy deserved this title. They were very solid. I’m proud of my season and of our Davis Cup year. I gave everything for our country, our staff and my friends. This final was unforgettable. The crowd gave me a lot of energy.
“This weekend gave me a lot of confidence for next year,” Goffin added. “I’ve proved that I can maintain a really high level, but I am looking to improve my serve and to be more aggressive in 2016.”
With the win, Great Britain moved ahead of France for sole possession of third place, trailing the USA and Australia, for the number of Davis Cups won. It was the visiting team's first title run since 1936, when Fred Perry led the way against Australia on the grass of Wimbledon. Belgium and Great Britain last met at this stage in 1904, when the Brits swept the tie 5-0.