In their first tie at the inaugural Davis Cup Finals in Madrid, Great Britain prevailed against the Netherlands 2-1 in Group E. Competing for his country for the first time since that epic Wolrd Group semi-final in 2016, Andy Murray ousted Tallon Griekspoor 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 in just under three hours for the 40th Davis Cup triumph!
Tallon gave his best to match the level of the three-time Major champion, taking only four points less than Andy and wasting a 4-1 advantage in the deciding set in what could have been his most prominent win ever alongside those against Karen Khachanov and Stan Wawrinka.
It was a great serving from both players in the opening set, with only one break point that Griekspoor saved in the eighth game to reach a tie break where they claimed 15 straight points behind the initial shot! Andy wasted a set point at 7-6 and Tallon sealed the set with a forehand down the line winner at 8-7 for a massive boost.
Andy kicked off the second set with a break thanks to a backhand error from the Dutchman, losing the advantage in game six after a loose backhand. The Briton claimed another break in the next game and grabbed the set with a hold at love at 5-4, setting up the deciding set where he was the favorite now.
Starting from the beginning, Tallon delivered a couple of great holds in the third set and clinched a break with a forehand down the line winner in the fourth game, moving even closer to the finish line after an ace a few minutes later.
With no room for errors, Murray broke back at love in the seventh game to keep his chances alive, reaching the tie break and taking the last three points from 4-5 to seal the deal after a backhand error from Griekspoor who was two points away from the triumph thrice.
In the second rubber, Robin Haase trailed 6-3, 5-3 before overcoming Daniel Evans 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 in two hours and 23 minutes, securing his 39th Davis Cup win in a career. The Briton took two points more than the Dutchman but it wasn't enough to cross the finish line first and propel Great Britain over the top, losing ground in the closing stages of the second set and suffering an early break in the decider to push Haase towards the finish line.
Daniel broke in the second game of the match and produced five commanding holds for a 6-3, fending off six break chances early in the second set and stealing Haase's serve at 3-3 to make a big step towards the win. Instead of that, Robin pulled the break back in the very last moment, leveling the score at 5-5 and taking the tie break 7-5 to stay in contention.
He had the momentum now and that was evident on the court, breaking the Briton in the first game of the final set and creating more chances in the next couple of return games that could have sent him further ahead. He couldn't seize those but it didn't matter after all, serving well and moving over the top with a hold at 5-4 to keep his country alive ahead of the doubles rubber.
There, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski stepped on the court together for the first time in the Davis Cup, beating Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-4, 7-6 after two hours to send Great Britain over the finish line. The Dutch team led 5-2 in the second set, losing the advantage at 5-3 and squandering two set points in the tie break at 6-4 to miss the opportunity of sending the entire tie into a deciding set.