Murray magic gives Aegon GB Davis Cup Team 2-1 lead with epic doubles win

19/09/2015

| Davis Cup

Murray Mania swooped the nation today as a five-set thriller handed the Aegon GB Davis Cup Team the crucial doubles rubber against Australia 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-4.

Andy and Jamie combined sensationally once again on the middle Saturday to inspire a memorable victory over Aussie legend Lleyton Hewitt and the big-serving Sam Groth in four hours. 

Played out in a carnival atmosphere at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Leon Smith’s men will contest their first Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final since 1978 if they win one of Sunday’s rubbers.

Hewitt and GrothThe noise was deafening when the brothers entered the stage just after 1pm as they looked to recreate their epic performance at The Queen’s Club in July.

A pumped up Groth started as hot as the Red Hot Chilli Pipers before the match, serving bombs, firing winners and clinically dispatching volleys at ease as they broke Jamie’s serve on their way to taking the opener, which he sealed with a 141mph bomb.

The British duo had five break points in the first set without forcing their way through but they only needed one chance in the second.

Groth’s huge weapon was finally breached at 3-2 when an Andy return was too much for him and the world No.3 showed no signs of any nerves to comfortably serve out the set to 0.

Andy was just 12 when Hewitt made his debut in the competition in 1999 and the veteran, who has 41 ties to his name, wasn’t going to give up without one of his famous fights.

Murray dubsAt 4-1 the set looked in the bag for the 28-time champions but this was the Murray’s playing in Scotland – and they had other ideas.

When Groth missed a volley and smash with the Aussies close to a 5-2 lead, a break from nowhere materialised which sparked a magical run of five games in a row to send them into the lead for the first time.

Into a topsy-turvy fourth we went which started with early breaks being exchanged before Jamie somehow fended off three set points when 0-40 down at 4-5.

Despite Hewitt then losing his serve, back came the boys from Down Under to somehow break Andy when serving for the match and take it to a tie-break.

Murray fist pumpWith so much at stake the pressure was intense with fans jumping up cheering one second and barely able to look the next and it was Hewitt and Groth who saved a match point to take it into a decider.

A tense five set rubber of a Davis Cup involving Lleyton Hewitt? Heard that before. The former Wimbledon champion known as ‘Rusty’ had his fist and adrenaline pumping in equal measure as they recovered from 3-0 down to 3-3.

The Murray brothers stepped it up once again though and this time it stuck, repeating the feat of the memorable France tie with another win which won’t be forgotten in a hurry.

Groth couldn’t hold onto his serve when trying to stay in the match and another miss at the net sparked emotional scenes on the GB bench and from the 8,000 strong crowd who had witnessed another dramatic day of doubles. 

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