Mur­rays put Bri­tain on brink of Davis Cup ti­tle

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GHENT: The mag­nif­i­cent Mur­rays, Andy and Jamie, put Bri­tain within touch­ing dis­tance of a first Davis Cup tri­umph for 79 years with a dou­bles vic­tory over Bel­gium duo David Gof­fin and Steve Dar­cis in Ghent yes­ter­day. A match played out in an elec­tri­fy­ing at­mos­phere ebbed and flowed be­fore the broth­ers took charge to carve out a 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-2 vic­tory and give Bri­tain a 2-1 lead. World num­ber two Andy was in­spired, as he has been through­out Bri­tain’s run to a first fi­nal since 1978, and can de­liver the win­ning point in Sun­day’s first re­verse sin­gles against Bel­gium’s top player Gof­fin.

Older brother Jamie, the sev­enth best dou­bles player in the world, strug­gled at times, but his nerve proved solid as he served for the match. When Dar­cis screwed a fore­hand wide the broth­ers em­braced and the hun­dreds of Bri­tish fans wedged into the claus­tro­pho­bic 13,000-seat arena in the Flan­ders Expo roared their ap­proval. “There was so much noise, it was men­tal. We were shout­ing to each other at times but it’s bril­liant,” Jamie said on court as a brass band led a ren­di­tion of “We’re gonna win the Cup.”

“To play in a Davis Cup fi­nal with your brother and to win a point for your coun­try is great. We may never get the chance to do that again,” Andy Mur­ray told re­porters. “But it’s far from over. Ob­vi­ously to be up 2-1 gives us a bet­ter chance of win­ning. But I’m not get­ting ahead of my­self. I know how good a player Gof­fin is.” — Reuters

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