Andy Murray offered Great Britain its first Davis Cup title since 1936 at Ghent’s Flanders Expo on Sunday after final win over Belgium and David Goffin with a strong 6-3 7-5 6-3 victory.
It happened this Sunday, with Great Britain now holding its 10th Davis Cup after last title 79 years ago. An extraordinary atmosphere warming at Ghent’s Flanders Expo full with its thousands of baying Belgians and a hundred of British fans did not stop Murray from overcoming his opponent with a brilliant 3 sets final win, giving visitors a definitive 3-1 lead.
Murray, who is ranked number 2 in the ATP rankings, was forced to play some of his best tennis against a brave opponent who showed resistance until last match point. The 28-year-old Scot offered his country its first title since 1936.
Murray wobbled briefly when he dropped serve early in the third set but he responded to move 5-3 ahead.
The world number two finished the job in a extraordinary match point, hoisting a lob over the stranded Goffin before collapsing on to the court.
Murray was immediately swamped by his team mates, captain Leon Smith and the support staff and was hoisted shoulder high on the court before saluting all British fans who had made the trip.
“It’s been an incredible few years,” a very emotional Murray said on court. “I can’t believe we did it, I never thought we would. I play my best tennis when I play for my country.”
Andy Murray became the first man to win three live rubbers in a Davis Cup final since American Pete Sampras in 1995, taking his record in this year’s competition to 11-0.
Britain, with today’s win and first title since 1936, takes their tally to 10.
Belgium started the day with a severe disadvantage needing to win both the reverse singles if they were to pull off a remarkable comeback and win the 115-year-old team competition for the first time in history.