Ghent - Andy and Jamie Murray took Britain to the cusp of Davis Cup glory in
Ghent on Sunday, defeating David Goffin and Steve Darcis of Belgium 6-4,
4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a crucial doubles match to grab a 2-1 lead with just
the reverse singles to follow.
Andy Murray could get the job done
when he takes on Goffin in the first of those rubbers on Sunday, giving
Britain its first Davis Cup win since 1936 and 10th overall.
number ones won their opening matches on Friday and the win for the
Murray brothers on Saturday means that Andy is now 10-0 in Davis Cup
play this year.
The first set, in front of a noisy 13 000 capacity
crowd at the Flanders Expo, was tight as a drum with the first break
point only coming after 31 minutes when it was 5-4 to Belgium.
Murray saved that with a big first serve and in the next game a missed
smash from Darcis gave the British pair their first set point which they
took after Andy Murray got the better of Darcis at the net.
it was Jamie Murray that faltered in the third game of the second set.
Three missed volleys and a double fault opened the door wide for the
Belgians and they walked through it on their third set point.
older of the Murray boys was clearly the target for the Belgians and was
struggling. He dropped serve again in the third game of the third set
as the home pair started to grow in confidence.
But Darcis chose that moment to fling in a poor service game that allowed the British to level at 2-2.
games later it was Goffin's turn to crumble, the British duo dominating
at the net to take three straight points from 30-15 down.
Murray dropped serve for the third time in the following game, but
Darcis followed suit to make it an astonishing five breaks in six games.
Andy Murray finally brought some normalcy back to proceedings by holding serve to put Britain two sets to one up.
British pair broke Darcis again in the third game of the fourth set and
then somehow staved off seven break points on the Jamie Murray serve
from 0-40 down to take a 3-1 lead.
From there on in it was a case
of holding on to serve and they managed that with little difficulty,
taking the Darcis serve one more time along the way.