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History has been written: Aegon GB Davis Cup Team crowned world champions

29/11/2015

| Davis Cup

They’ve only gone and done it! The Aegon GB Davis Cup Team are champions of the world after Andy Murray produced another memorable performance to down David Goffin.

Andy MurrayAfter a magical year, Leon Smith’s men have ended 79 years of waiting to be crowned Davis Cup by BNP Paribas winners with Murray’s 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 triumph.

With USA, France and Australia already dispatched, Belgium were the latest hurdle to be overcome and despite The Flanders Expo home crowd making a riot of noise, GB would not be beaten.

Both men walked out onto the Ghent clay court unbeaten in Davis Cup singles matches in 2015 – something had to give.

With the famous trophy on display in one corner of the court, Andy served off knowing victory over the world No.16 would enable his team to get their hands on it for the first time since 1936.

Stat attack

 

  • Andy Murray has become the first player since Pete Sampras in 1995 to win three live rubbers in a Davis Cup Final.
  • He is also only the second player to win 11 live rubbers in a single Davis Cup year after Ivan Ljubicic in 2005

Straight from the off, the match was being played at a ferocious tempo with Murray having to save a break point at 2-3 after some crafty groundstrokes from Goffin.

Team GB benchThe British No.1 then played one of the highest quality games you will ever see to break to 0 with a near perfect display of shot-making when on the move.

A forehand winner, off the back of a jaw-dropping passing shot to hold for 5-2 two games earlier, sealed the set.

Goffin, who had lost 6-1, 6-0 in Paris earlier in the month, hung tough in the second with a series of scrappy service games to keep nudging him into the lead.

But Murray was serving from another planet, losing just two points in four service games as aces and unreturnable serves fired down off his racket.

The Belgian finally cracked at 5-5 to lose the advantage and the one hour and fifteen minute set was complete with a simply breathtaking forehand passing shot from Murray.

GB fansWith just one more set needed, Goffin went into last chance attack mode and started to throw the kitchen sink at the Olympic winner.

After exchanging early breaks, Murray held firm at 3-3 before stepping it up even further in the next two games to break and move one step closer to history.

Goffin had to hold serve to stay in the tie but a trademark backhand lob from the flying Brit on match point sparked jubilant scenes on the court and in the stands.

From beating Turkey in 2010 to avoid relegation to the bottom tier of the competition, Great Britain are now Davis Cup champions! #BackTheBrits

Quotes corner:

James Ward:

“I was there in the first tie with Leon in Eastbourne and have been pretty much present in every tie, which has been a great achievement for myself personally. But to be part of the team as well is an amazing feeling, something that is well-deserved for all of us.”

Andy Murray:

“It's obviously an amazing feeling. I imagine it will take a few days before it really sinks in. I probably haven't been as emotional as that after a match that I've won.

“It's incredible that we managed to win this competition. I didn't know that would ever be possible. It's great.”

Jamie Murray:

“It's huge for me. By far the biggest achievement in my career. I mean, I've had an amazing season. This is an unbelievable way to cap it off.”

Kyle Edmund:

“This type of experience on the world stage, it can't get any better. It can only be a positive for me. For me personally, for my match, so much stuff I can take away from it, so many positives I've learnt from it.”

Leon Smith:

“It is a very, very special moment for all of us. Yeah, we'll just soak up the next couple of days as a team together.”

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