Davis Cup Day 3 – Great Britain win 3-1!!!!

I don’t think my nerves could take any more after the drama from yesterday’s doubles match between the Murray brothers and the big serve of Sam Groth and the experience of Lleyton Hewitt and one more win would see Great Britain advance to their first final since 1978 but before then Andy Murray would have to beat Bernard Tomic to secure a place in the final. Murray has beaten Tomic twice on the tour in the past but as we know Davis Cup is totally different. The big question is after almost 6 hours of tennis in two days and almost 4 hours on court yesterday how fit will Andy be for this one?

Early signs were good as the Brit started the match with an ace and followed that with a hold for 1-0. The opening two service games continued to be easy for Murray taking a 2-1 lead with just the one point dropped. Watching the opening four games of the match Murray wasn’t moving as well as we know he can but it was Murray who broke first after some great defensive play forcing the error from Tomic. 3-1 became 4-1 as Murray continued to dominate with Tomic in my opinion looking like he was the one playing 4 hours yesterday instead of Murray. Bernard did his bit holding his serve for 2-4 but just couldn’t get a look in on the Murray serve as the Brit took a 5-2 lead in the set. At 5-3 serving for the set the ball seemed to bounce off the frame of Murray’s racket and out of nowhere Tomic had break point! One was saved but Tomic found another after a double fault from Murray and the backhand down the line wide from Murray and suddenly the set was back on serve! The errors continued to creep into Murray’s game and Tomic levelled up for 5-5, let’s be honest this was never going to be stress free, it’s Davis Cup!

A hold to love for Andy Murray gave Britain a 6-5 lead and Tomic would serve to take it to a tie-break or could Murray get the break? On the Tomic serve Andy saw three break points after some good week and errors from the Australian and broke to take the set after a beautiful drop shot from behind the baseline!

Can Bernard Tomic stage a comeback?

Murray started the set and held and the next couple of games followed that pattern but Murray broke after some great defensive play from the Brit but some atrocious errors from Tomic including a smash into the net which set up break point which was converted and Murray took a 3-1 lead. 3-1 became 4-1 and the match started to look out of sight for the Australian. This time Tomic held his serve finishing with an ace out wide but could he effect the Murray serve? Another pretty much untroubled service game for Murray in the set as he strolled to a 5-2 lead. Tomic got to 3-5 like he did in the first set but could he crawl the break back? Finished with a forehand error from Tomic and Murray held to love to go 7-5 6-3 up!

Tomic needed to find something special to defeat Murray from this position and that looked unlikely when he hit a volley at the net long and set up three break points for Murray which he took after another error from Tomic and Murray up 2-1. 2-1 became 3-1 and Great Britain on the verge of a Davis Cup final!

Tomic held his serve well as did Andy but at 2-4 40-15 it looked like being 3-4 but Tomic quickly found himself break point down, one was saved but Murray quickly found another with a backhand winner after a net cord and on the third break point broke to go 5-2 up and would serve for the match.

HE DID IT!

Andy Murray won the tie for Great Britain to advance to their first final since 1978!!!! INCREDIBLE!

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