Andy Murray has defeated Bernard Tomic to take Great Britain into the Davis Cup final for the first time since 1978. After playing a tiring five setter in the doubles yesterday alongside his brother Jamie, The world number 3 looked impressive during his historic 7-5,6-3,6-2, victory.
Murray started the match in impressive form as he fired an 123 mph ace down the line against Tomic before taking his opening service game with ease. Tomic matched Murray in the following game by holding his opening service game, but he was taken to deuce by the two-time Grand Slam champion.
Murray launched his first offensive in the third game as he attacked Tomic’s serve to generate three break points. The Australian saved two of them with some solid play, but a costly forehand into the net eventually allowed Great Britain to break for 3-1, sending the Glaswegian crowd into euphoria.
Despite there being just 20 ranking places separating the two players, Murray’s game level was higher as it started to overshadow the 22-year-old Australian. The British number 1 appeared in control whilst leading 5-3 until his nerves started to take their toll.
Serving for the set, Tomic was matching the Brit in every point during the game. After losing his first break point, Tomic was handed another thanks to a unforced error from Murray. It was second time lucky after a tight shot from Murray went out to put proceedings back on serve.
Tomic was about to serve to stay in the set at 5-6 before an almighty cheer for Murray Erupted. The noise increased as the highest ranked player on the court battled to a trio of break point chances to claim the set. After failing to convert two of them, he was successful with his third thanks to an outstanding backhand drop shot.
Despite trailing by a set, there was still optimism for Tomic.
In his two previous meetings against Murray he has never won more than three games in a set. The second set started off level-pegging once again with both men confidently holding their service until a decisive fourth game. This was when the optimism for the Australian team started to fade away.
Murray is considered as one of the greatest returners on the ATP Tour and he demonstrated this superbly against Tomic. After a lengthy rally where Murray continuously returned Tomic’s shots, the world number 23 prevailed by hitting a smash into the net, giving Great Britain two more break points.
Murray was gifted the break after his opponent hit the ball directly into the net to allow Murray to move ahead 3-1. Australia was unable to find a solution to the Murray serve as the world no.3 served for the set at 5-3. The Brit eased himself to the two set lead with two aces at 106 mph and 118 mph, followed by two costly unforced errors flying off Tomic's racket.