Andy Murray kicked-off Great Britain’s bid to reach their first Davis Cup final since 1978 in euphoric fashion with a dominating performance against Thanasi Kokkinakis. Facing the world number 72, Murray experienced little trouble during his 6-3,6-0,6-3, victory after spending an hour and fourty-seven minutes in action at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.
Starting the match, the British number 1 settled automatically by holding his opening service game to love against the 19-year-old.
In contrast Kokkinakis experienced a more troublesome opening service game as he was forced to save a break-point before winning his first game of the match. Playing in front of an animated crowd in his home city, Murray had two chances to move 3-1 ahead, but failed to break the 6ft 5 Australian’s serve.
The world number 3 finally got his reward during the sixth game. Both players were producing solid tennis, however, Kokkinakis began to falter due to the pressure applied from Murray onto his serve. A duo of costly shots went wide from the Australian as Murray finally broke to lead 4-2.
The break was swiftly backed-up with a love service game to put Great Britain firmly in control of the opening set. The set was decided with a blistering ace fired across the court from the Brit.The Murray momentum carried on into the second set as a backhand down the line gave Great Britain another chance to break, which they did as Kokkinakis was unable to successfully return a deep shot from Murray.
The court started to look very small for the 19-year-old Aussie as an error at the net enabled Murray to break once more to move 3-0 ahead. There was nothing that the two-time junior Grand Slam finalist could do as Murray dominated the entirety of the second set, taking it 6-0 thanks to a double-handed backhand down the line.
Throughout the disappointing set for the Australian team, the 19-year-old failed to win a point on his second serve and produced 7 unforced errors. In Comparison Murray won 89% of his second serves and produced 3 unforced errors.
Murray’s 7-game winning streak was finally ended as Kokkinakis held his serve at the start of the third set, to the delight of his team mates who were onlooking. Despite the positive start, Murray produced more devastation by returning an ace across the court to lead by two sets and 2-1.
Despite a couple admirable holds of service from Kokkinakis, it wasn’t enough to tame Murray he eased his way to the first win in the tie-break. Throughout the match Murray produced 42 winners, 10 aces and won 60% of his first serves.
Murray dropped just six points on his serve as he cruised to his 29th Davis Cup victory. Adam Addicott, live from Glasgow