Juan Martin Del Potro d. Andy Murray 6-4 5-7 6-7 6-3 6-4
The match won by Juan Martín Del Potro in the first rubber is unbelievably significant in the Davis Cup semifinal between Great Britain and Argentina.
Palito beat Andy Murray 6-4 5-7 6-7 6-3 6-4 in amazing match ended after five hours and seven minutes. It was the match revenge of the Olympics Gold Medal final, the head to head were seeing Murray lead 6-2, and just in their first meeting at Rome in 2008 there was a hot conversation.
There could not be a better stage to take the revenge on Murray in front of their crowd. The Tandil Native was playing his first Davis Cup singles match since 2012, while in Davis Cup Murray had won all his 14 previous matches and had never lost in front of his crowd.
A huge performance was needed, and it was the case.
It's an ups and down first set for Murray, who after saving several break points gets broken in the seventh game: in the first two points Del Potro hits the forehand hard, Murray serves some very good first serves but he is absolutely struggling, and as soon as he does not put the first serve IN, loses his serve and the set 6-4.
Del Potro is Perfect on serve: he put 86% first serve IN.
The beginning of the second set sees Murray making less unforced errors, the World No. 2 is more patient and at the same time Del Potro does not manage to play well when his opponent is forced to hit the second serve.
On 4-all Murray converts his second game point serving pretty well, while in the following game it's Delpo who is in trouble: he is not serving as well as in the first set, makes several unforced errors and it allows Murray to go one set all.
There are two changes in the tactics: Murray tries to hit as many forehands as possible, while Del Potro tries to hit one top spin backhand and one handed backhand. The Argentinian player does not convert the set point on 5-4 because Murray saves it with an amazing lob, and so after a couple of games it's tie-break time: Murray is up 4-1 without too many difficulties and wins the set making life complicated, by seven points to five.
In the fourth set it seems Murray is the favourite but the British player suffers a little bit physically, and Del Potro takes advantage of it.
Although when he is down in the score plays well, Murray starts losing long rallies and does not dictate the point anymore. The Former World No. 4 easily takes the match to the fifth set winning the fourth one 6-2.
In the last and decisive set of the match both players suffer physical issues: Murray has a leg problem, Del Potro is not 100% healthy with his knee.
The goal of the Current World No . 65 now is clear: hits forehands as hard as he can and breaks Murray on 4-2 converting the third break point and wins the match hitting an ace and holding the serve at 15.
The second singles match won by Guido Pella is even more important.
It allows Argentina to lead 2-0 as Pella came back the World No. 49 Kyle Edmund 6-7 6-4 6-3 6-2 after three hours. The pressure on the young British player was too much, and st the end he had to give up to the more consistency of Pella, as the stats show: Edmund made 50 unforced errors, Pella only 20.
The final now is not only a dream anymore.
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