It was a highly emotional Andy Murray who spoke to the media in the wake of Britain’s Davis cup victory over Luxembourg in Glasgow last weekend. The Scot had just beaten the big serving Gilles Muller in straight sets to put Britain into an unassailable 3-1 lead and secure Britain’s right to play Hungary in the Europa/Africa Zone Group Two final. Should they win the final in September they will be promoted to the Zone’s Group One.
The emotion was no doubt due to the overwhelming support of the Scottish crowd who only rarely get the chance to see Murray in action. They came to the Braehead indoor arena in great numbers on each day which clearly lifted the three man team. The other team members in fact were made up by Andy’s brother, Jamie, who teamed up together to win the doubles and Englishman, James Ward who concluded the tie in Britain’s favour by winning the final rubber against Mike Vermeer.
Earlier in the match Andy Murray had defeated Laurent Bram by 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 becoming the first British player since 1959 to whitewash a Davis Cup opponent. In an almost embarrassing one-sided match Bram managed to secure only one point off the Murray serve in the first two sets and had to wait until Murray double faulted twice in succession in the third set before he took any more.
Obviously with the Murray brothers in Britain’s Davis Cup team they would be a match for almost any team in the world. It would appear that Andy Murray, who has been accused in the past of not having his heart in the Davis Cup has had a change of mind regarding the tournament and provided the dates do not clash too much with his personal schedule, he could become a very reliable mainstay of the team for some years to come and Britain could be amongst the Davis Cup odds, which have long been dominated by the likes of Spain and Serbia.
He undoubtedly watched world number one, Novak Djokovic carry Serbia to an unlikely Davis Cup victory last year and would have noted how much good that did for the new Wimbledon champion’s game. Since winning the Davis Cup last December, Djokovic has only lost one singles match and that came in the semi final of the French Open against Roger Federer in May. He has won two Grand Slam events, defeating Murray in the final of the Australian Open in January and a further five tournaments worldwide, including two Masters 1000 on Clay against Rafa Nadal.
With Murray in the team and some luck, British tennis fans could see their country enjoy continued success in the competition, for which Davis Cup which at the same time could be exactly the catalyst Murray needs himself in order for him to win a first Grand Slam title.