Tearful Murray puts Britain into Davis Cup semifinal against Australia
A tearful Andy Murray celebrated taking Britain to its first Davis Cup semifinal for more than three decades on Sunday, sealing an emotional 3-1 victory over France to line up a home series against Australia.
The Australians rallied from 2-0 down on Friday to edge Kazakhstan 3-2 on Sunday, with Lleyton Hewitt winning the decider.
Argentina will visit Belgium in the other semifinal, after the South Americans wrapped up a 4-1 victory over Serbia and Belgium completed a clean sweep with a 5-0 win over Canada.
The two series will be played Sept. 18-20 for a place in the final in November.
Murray, who was playing less than two weeks after losing to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semifinals, said: “You can’t control your emotions. When they come they come, it was good to let it out. It’s been a tough 10 days or so.”
Murray was pivotal in all three of Britain’s wins on the grass courts of the Queen’s Club, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday to level the series at 1-1 before partnering brother Jamie to victory in Saturday’s doubles.
Fatigue looked to have taken its toll on the world No. 3 as Gilles Simon led by a set and 4-2, but Murray fought back to secure Britain’s first World Group semifinal since 1981 with a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 victory.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing Davis Cup but obviously right now we’re in the World Group playing against great players, top teams, in big matches in fantastic atmospheres,” Murray said. “It’s very hard not to get up for that.”