For the first time since 1986, Britain have reached the quarter finals of the Davis Cup after completing a 3-1 victory over the USA over the weekend.
Andy Murray was obviously pivotal to Great Britain’s success, but it was effectively James Ward’s victory over Sam Querrey in Friday’s second rubber that ensured GB made it to the quarter-final stage of the competition.
With Andy Murray playing, that basically ensured 2 points for GB, meaning James Ward would have had to beat Sam Querrey, or more than likely Donald Young, in the final rubber on Sunday to ensure a victory for Great Britain.
Ward’s matches were always going to be crucial, as Britain couldn’t really rely on beating the Bryan brothers in Saturday’s doubles (they are world no.1).
Ward’s victory over Querrey on Friday really was a bonus with Leon Smith’s team, as it meant he could leave Andy Murray out of Saturday’s doubles and save him for the 4th rubber on Sunday.
Murray was pushed all the way by Sam Querrey. He took the first two sets to tie breaks, winning the second one to level the match 1-1. Murray then powered his way through the third set (6-1), and took the match in the fourth (6-3), when Querrey again made Murray work for it.
Throughout the match Querrey attacked Murray, and really went for his shots, not allowing Murray to dictate the play. The ironic (and frustrating for the Americans) thing about Querrey’s performance against Murray, is that he would surely have beaten James Ward on Friday had he played like this.
All this meant that team captain Leon Smith, didn’t didn’t have to endure a fifth and deciding rubber between James Ward and Donald Young.
So how far can Great Britain go in this tournament? John Lloyd says he can’t see why Great Britain can’t win it. Although that’s optimistic, with a winnable quarter-final to come away in Italy, if GB can get through that they will be in the semi-final, when anything is possible.
Spain and Serbia are out, meaning Switzerland are the favourites (hardly surprising with Wawrinka and Federer), they are a best price 7/5 with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bet for New Customers).
Great Britain’s odds to win the Davis Cup are 14/1 with Bet365, they are 5th favourites out of the 8 countries left. I can’t see any prices on the tie in Italy, but the Italians are 25/1, sixth favourites, which suggests that GB Will be favourites to win the tie.
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