“But he gets it, I’m sure his time will come in the future”. I was quite down on myself. “Positive energy, fight for every single point and that was enough”.
Not only did it seal an historic 150th winning tie for Great Britain but set another new record for Murray-one more that had been held by Fred Perry for eight decades.
The Scot said: “It’s Kim’s first Mother’s Day”.
“I was getting a little out of breath, but I played a good match and served well”, Murray said.
The match was the longest of Murray’s career, according to daviscup.com, and by winning his third match of the fixture, he improved his winning streak to 14 Davis Cup matches. He is now 18-7 when it has gone to a decider.
ANDY Murray showed nerves of steel to battle through in five sets against Kei Nishikori then said his scheduled superstar showdown with Novak Djokovic’s Serbia in the Davis Cup quarter finals was one for the whole sport to savour. The first day of the tie will be played on July 15 – just five days after the Wimbledon final.
With their win, Murray’s schedule will need to fit around two Grand Slams, the defence of his Olympic title and the Davis Cup quarter-final, before the final Grand Slam of the year in NY. He has already helped deliver three more to back up his defiant vow that he will do everything in his power to help retain the trophy.
Captain Leon Smith was left in awe of Murray’s efforts, saying: “I’m pretty much lost for words”. “I mean, who would have thought Britain would win last year – and we beat them only the year before in Naples”.
“This is a tough match-up on paper and it was a tough match-up in reality when we stepped on the court”.
Murray certainly showing spades of fighting spirit here.
Murray was the one to go down an early break in the second as his stress levels rose once again and, when he missed a break point to get back on level terms in the fourth game, he smashed his racquet so hard against his foot that it broke.
In the meantime, though, we should enjoy another fine achievement by Great Britain, who justified their position as the world’s top-ranked team. As imperious as the Serbian World No 1 has been in recent years, he lost his doubles rubber on Saturday and required three minutes longer than Murray yesterday to dispose of Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan yesterday.
In Saturday’s doubles, Nedovyesov and Andrey Golubev defeated Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5.
And though Nishikori emerged from a comfort break like a blast of freshened air, promptly breaking the world no. 2 in the very first game of the second set, Murray retrieved the situation in the fourth game.
A cracking backhand victor from Andy Murray earned the crucial break before he served out the set. The world No. 6 was visibly devastated, hunching over and staring at the floor while Murray bounced back to his seat.
And he completed the job with an ace, just as he had in his singles on Friday, after an hour and 53 minutes. The good thing is that, honestly, even if he does feel that he doesn’t want to play, we have got a very good guy in Dom Inglot ready to go as well.
“There was no way I was going to give up in this important match”.
They did a decent job in the third set, with Uchiyama in particular frustrating the Murrays, but it was he who dropped serve to leave Andy serving for the match.