Murray ignores tiredness to help GB reach Davis Cup final
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Murray ignores tiredness to help GB reach Davis Cup final

20 September 2015 / 18:27

Andy Murray dug deep into his physical and mental reserves once again to help Great Britain into their first Davis Cup final in 37 years.

The British number one took to the court in Glasgow knowing that victory over Australia’s Bernard Tomic in the first singles match of the day would give Great Britain an unassailable 3-1 lead in their semi-final.

Murray had already defeated Thanasi Kokkinakis in straight sets on Friday while Saturday’s doubles match with brother Jamie went the distance before they won in five.

But although Tomic posed a threat at points, Murray overcame any tiredness to triumph 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 much to the delight of the supportive home crowd.

Murray was not even born the last time Britain made the final, and you have to stretch back to 1936 for the last time they lifted the Davis Cup, with Fred Perry’s side defeating Australia.

To do that again they will have to beat Belgium away  in the final on the weekend of November 27-29 after Steve Darcis beat Argentina’s Federico Delbonis in four sets in a deciding fifth rubber in the other semi-final.

But for now, Murray was determined to enjoy the moment, with his family and friends having been in the crowd watching.

"Winning for your country and your team-mates means such a lot,” he said.

“The crowd were unbelievable from the first ball to the last. I didn't feel great the whole weekend to be honest. I've been struggling with my back, but I just tried to disguise it.

“It’s been a very tough weekend for me physically. Mentally it’s draining as well.

“There’s a lot of emotion out there and yesterday’s [doubles] match was an incredibly tough one, there were loads of ups and downs, and it turned out to be a crucial one as well.

“I’m glad we got that win yesterday and I’m very proud to be through to the final.

“We’ve fought extremely hard the whole weekend – everyone played their part in the team, and I’m glad to finish it off today.”

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