Britain fight back, Croatia eye final
ANDY and Jamie Murray kept Great Britain’s hopes of retaining their Davis Cup title alive yesterday while 2005 winners Croatia took a step closer to the final.
In Glasgow, the Murray brothers defeated Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 while in Zadar, Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig downed topranked French pair PierreHugues Herbert Nicolas Mahut 7-6 (8/6), 5-7, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3.
Both semifinals are finelypoised with Argentina and Croatia holding 2-1 leads ahead of the reverse singles.
Leading 2-0 from Friday’s singles, Argentina captain Daniel Orsanic selected Del Potro alongside Mayer instead of Federico Delbonis as he looked to kill off the semifinal.
However, the tactic backfired as world No. 2 Andy Murray and his older brother Jamie secured a thrilling victory.
“Yesterday was a very tough day. To come out and get the win with Jamie today was great,” three-time Grand Slam winner Andy said.
“He played unbelievably well throughout the whole match. We are 2-1 down and it is a tough position to be in, but it is a better position that we were in at the beginning of the day and I still believe we can come back.”
Argentina are looking to reach their fourth final in 10 years.
Kyle Edmund is scheduled to face Del Potro although the Argentine star hinted that he may sit out what could be the decisive rubber as Andy Murray is favourite to defeat Guido Pella in the first reverse singles.
After his five-hour and seven-minute 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-4 epic win against Andy Murray on Friday, the expectation was that Del Potro, still working his way back into the game following wrist surgery, would take the day off yesterday.
The gamble to pick the 27year-old didn’t look like paying off with the Argentine pairing initially looking like strangers on the court.
“I felt tired but that is normal. I think for the team it was the best option to play the doubles,” said del Potro.
“I think we did really well. We had some chances but we couldn’t win.”
Cilic was a surprise call-up for the doubles for Croatia as he replaced Marin Draganja.
But he didn’t let his side down as he secured his second point of the weekend when he and Dodig downed Herbert and Mahut to follow their win over Bob and Mike Bryan in the quarterfinal success against the United States.
In the reverse singles, 2014 US Open champion Cilic faces Richard Gasquet while Borna Coric will tackle Lucas Pouille. – afp
Britain’s Andy Murray (right) and Jamie Murray celebrate after beating Argentina’s Juan Martín del Potro and Leonardo Mayer in a Davis Cup doubles semifinal.