Andy Murray on form to bring Aegon GB Davis Cup Team level in final


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Aegon GB Davis Cup Team star Andy Murray confidently dispatched Ruben Bemelmans in straight-sets to level the scores at 1-1 with Belgium.

In Britain’s first Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final since 1978, Murray continued his sublime unbeaten record in the 2015 competition to dispatch Bemelmans 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. 

Andy MurrayAfter Kyle Edmund’s incredible five-set debut against David Goffin, the pressure was on the British No.1 to ensure the scores were level going into tomorrow’s doubles.

Tricky left-hander Bemelmans displayed some classy drop-shots and volleys in the early exchanges but couldn’t stop a pumped up Murray breaking for 2-0.

Despite dropping his own serve Murray regained control with a series of dictating ground strokes before calmly serving the set out. 

The GB fans were up out of their seats throughout the clinical second as two breaks of serve and a pinpoint backhand crosscourt pass on set point secured breathing space.

Andy MurrayBemelmans was still giving the home fans plenty to cheer about at The Flanders Expo though and showed signs of a comeback midway through the third set.

His second break of the day accelerated him into a 4-2 lead but the man dressed in blue and white came roaring back to level at 4-4.

After saving a set point at 4-5 with a gutsy second serve, Murray capitalised at the perfect moment in the very next game to break to 0.

The two-and-a-half hour tussle finished when Bemelmans sent a return long off a big serve to the delight of the travelling support dressed in #BackTheBrits blue. 

Murray will return with older brother Jamie tomorrow for the crucial doubles rubber looking to continue their brilliant partnership from the quarter-final with France and semi-final against Australia. 

Leon Smith said: "I thought Andy was, yet again, very, very good in handling the environment, the crowd, and an opponent who clearly has nothing to lose that was swinging away.

“It’s obviously a good situation for them when they've already gone one up as they can put out a player and just say, ‘go for it’. But Andy still won straight sets, which is important.”

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