Davis Cup is Murray’s No. 1 priority

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Updated: July 19, 2015

Andy Murray guided Great Britain to the Davis Cup semi-finals and will, without doubt, attempt to go the whole distance.

 

The quarter-final stages at the Davis Cup has not been a common place for the Great Britain team in the past but when you have a world No. 3 in the squad, the outcome looks promising.

 

In the build-up to the clash with last year’s runners-up France, it looked on paper Great Britain were to be seen as the underdogs when you notice three names are in the top 30 of the ATP rankings.

 

Those names were Gilles Simon, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet. Fans of the sport don’t need to be told how much quality is there when put together.

 

But it didn’t seem to bother the British No. 1, not one bit.

 

Murray’s team mate James Ward is known for his edge of seat performances against higher ranked players over the last couple of years.

 

Tsonga avoided being Ward’s victim along with John Isner and Sam Querrey – before Murray approached the Queen’s court weeks after winning the ATP 500 final in straight sets over South African Kevin Anderson.

 

The venue and the surface covered in green has always been the perfect recipe for the man from Dunblane.

 

Three wins in three days against Tsonga, a doubles win with brother Jamie and a four set victory against French No. 1 Simon. Not bad for a weekend’s work.


 

Great Britain 3-1 France

 

1st match

Gilles Simon bt James Ward  6-4, 6-4, 6-1

 

2nd match

Andy Murray bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  7-5, 7-6 (12-10), 6-2

 

3rd match

Andy & Jamie Murray bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga & Nicolas Mahut 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1

 

4th match

Andy Murray bt Gilles Simon 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 6-0


 

Not many players can say they have won all matches in one round for their country at the Davis Cup.

 

This commitment towards Great Britain shows the determination Murray has of lifting the trophy in November.

 

Before Murray took ‘the world cup of tennis’ into a serious matter, the 28-year-old did not have the intention of representing his country until it all changed at the beginning of 2014 when Great Britain had beaten USA in San Diego.

 

The second encounter with America in 12 months was a destined victory for Murray when the matches took place in Glasgow.

 

The home crowd roared him on and the Scotsman sent them a treat back. Apart from the Grand Slam victories at Flushing Meadows and Wimbledon, Murray never looked so ecstatic with full of joy.

 

A similar kind of example was shown from Andy with his brother after victory in the weekend’s third match. Jamie, looking calm the moment the fixture was won while his brother jumped up and down in delight.

 

Many nations have succeeded by using the advantage of highly ranked players in the squad including Switzerland and Serbia in the last couple of years. Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka helped the Swiss claim the Davis cup for the first time after Novak Djokovic did the same for Serbia in 2013.


Semi-finals

18 – 20 September

 

Great Britain v Australia

Argentina (5) v Belgium


 

And since captain Leon Smith had the opportunity to include the two time Grand Slam winner, Great Britain could be following in previous winner’s footsteps.

 

With Great Britain’s next chapter in their Davis Cup adventure expected to take place on home turf once again, Murray will vow not to disappoint but to make history.

 

The chances are looking high to win a tenth title since 1936. It would be a dream achievement for Murray and his team.

 

Just two more series wins to lift the Davis Cup, it sounds so easy when saying it but there is still a long journey ahead and Murray will be ready to bring it on.

 


 

 

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