Thanks to Andy Murray and James Ward, Great Britain has reached the Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinals for the first time since 1986…ancient tennis history for a pair of blokes who hadn’t even arrived on the planet yet. In that Quarterfinal Tie back in July of ’86, Team Great Britain (with Jeremy Bates, Andrew Castle and Colin Dowdeswell) would fall to Aussies Pat Cash, John Fitzgerald and Paul McNamee, a trio that would go on to win the 1986 Davis Cup Title.
Murray delivered the knock-out punch on Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego, dropping only the second set in a tie-break. Both teams decided to forego playing the fifth “dead” rubber.
R4: Andy Murray def. Sam Querrey 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-3
Next up in April, Team Great Britain will face Italy on the road…most likely on clay again. Italy defeated Argentina this weekend on the shoulders of Fabio Fognini, who won both of his singles matches over Juan Monaco and Carlos Berloq, and teamed with Simone Bolelli to win Saturday’s doubles rubber.
In other Davis Cup play...
- Czech Republic defeated The Netherlands 3-2 -- (Next: Head to Japan)
- Japan defeated Canada 4-1 -- (Next: Host Czech Republic)
- Germany defeated Spain 4-1 -- (Next: Head to France)
- France defeated Australia 5-0 -- (Next: Host Germany)
- Kazakhstan defeated Belgiuim 3-2 -- (Next: Head to Switzerland)
- Switzerland defeated Serbia 3-2 -- (Next: Host Kazakhstan)
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Ladies and gentlemen, that is how you deliver under the pressure of expectation. No one knows that pressure like @andy_murray. #USDavisCup
— Andy Taylor (@StadiumAndy) February 2, 2014
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Redemption. Last year, while Bob and Mike Bryan put together a masterpiece – one of the most successful seasons in Mens Doubles tennis history – Davis Cup was an obvious rip in the canvas. 2013 saw the twins go 0-2, losing two tough five-setters versus Brazil in Jacksonville and Serbia in Boise: 1R: Lost to […]Read More
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If my trip to San Diego for this weekend’s World Group First Round Tie was any indication…I should have known it would come down to an “impossible ask” for the Americans after the first day of play. Just before my wife and I pulled into the Springfield-Branson National Airport on Thursday, my phone lit-up with […]Read More
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Davis Cup 2014: USA vs. Great Britain
Here’s the commercial promoting Team USA’s first round Tie vs. Great Britain in San Diego. This is my 10th year as the Davis Cup announcer, and I can’t wait to see how we pull this off on clay in Petco Park. I worked my first Davis Cup Tie at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut back in […]Read More