Andy and Jamie Murray have clinched the vital doubles victory in Great Britain’s Davis Cup semi-final against Australia after an epic encounter.
During the thrilling marathon match there were mixed moments for both teams at the animated Emirates Arena in Glasgow.
The two brothers came back from losing the first set to take it 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-4.
As the crowd cheered for the Murray brothers, the British pair experienced trouble in the first game of the match. The duo was forced to save a break point after a stunning return from Sam Groth.
Meanwhile, Australia didn’t appear to be intimidated on the court as they help their opening service game to love. Britain had two golden opportunities to break for a 3-1 lead, but was denied due to some impressive play from Lleyton Hewitt and Groth.
The failure to convert the break proved costly for the Murray brothers in the following game. After a long rally which resulted in Jamie Murray hitting the ball into the net, Australia broke for the first time in the match, silencing the Emirates Arena.
The sharp start from the visitors continued during the opening set as the Brits was unable to break back. Hewitt was using all of his years of experience whilst Groth was producing some of his best tennis. The Aussies had the chance to serve for the set at 5-4.
During that game, the umpire made a controversial decision that lead to Australia winning the point which infuriated the crowd. Groth and Hewitt was then battling against the crowd as well as the Murray brothers. The Brits nearly clawed back to 5-5 but failed to covert two break-point chances and the Australian’s edged their way to take the first set.
Going into the second set, the start of set was level with both teams dominating their service.
The next test for the British pair was the fifth game, the world No.3 was leading 40-15 and was poised to put Britain ahead before Hewitt and Groth battled back to deuce. Despite the pressure, Britain held their nerve to finally take the game to move ahead 3-2.
A similar scenario occurred in the following game with Groth serving. This time however, Britain found a way to break for the first time in the match to move 4-2 up, a fist pump from the 2013 Wimbledon champion sent the crowd wild.
For the first time in the match the Murray brothers were starting to dominate their rivals as Jamie held his next service game to love. The outcome of the second set was decided with a volley at the net from the oldest Murray brother.