Andy Murray admits playing alongside his brother Jamie was one of the most special experiences of his career, after the duo handed Great Britain the lead over France in the Davis Cup quarter-finals.
The siblings produced some brilliant tennis after a slow start, to win 4-6 6-3 7-6(5) 6-1 against the French pairing of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nicolas Mahut in front of a raucous crowd at Queen’s Club.
That result puts the British team 2-1 ahead in the best-of-five encounter, meaning only one of Andy Murray and James Ward needs to win their singles clash on Sunday to ensure a first semi-final berth for GB since 1981.
And British No.1 Andy – who recovered from a nasty slip in the third set to clinch a thrilling tiebreaker – believes discipline was the key to the win.
“We played an unbelievably high-level match against a top team, and the atmosphere was absolutely fantastic,” he said.
“To be able to play, and represent your country in a match like that alongside your brother is very, very special.
“I thought both of us served very well. Apart from the first game where I got broken I don’t think they had any break points until the very last game.
“So we didn’t give them any opportunities there, and we wanted to play as a team with a lot of energy on the court from start to finish.
“We made adjustments as the match went on, and we both returned really well which made a big difference.
“I slipped a bit yesterday as well, and everyone has fallen a couple of times on the court, so my hip is a little bit sore. But thankfully it is ok and we’ve got one more match to get through tomorrow and then I can rest for a bit.
“It’s going to be extremely tough tomorrow as they have such as strong team, and I’ll need to play great tennis to win.”
His brother Jamie added: “I always knew Andy could be on this stage in the Davis Cup, but I was never as sure about myself.
“It was brilliant. The crowd were amazing – maybe even twice as loud as yesterday – and we absolutely loved it.
“A big thanks to the support team who cheered us from start to finish and have helped us all week, and hopefully now we are in a great position to go and win the tie.”
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