Murray & Co. send GB into Davis Cup quarters

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Andy Murray’s gutsy performance against Sam Querrey yesterday sealed an impressive Davis Cup win over the US and sent Great Britain into the quarter-finals of the team competition.

First it was 77 years of hurt at Wimbledon – now Murray has erased 28 years in the Davis Cup wilderness. Back in 1986, Jeremy Bates, John Lloyd and Colin Dowdeswell beat Spain to reach the last eight. Since then, the team has been in freefall.

Great Britain’s horror plunge was only arrested when Leon Smith took over the captaincy in 2010 – his first assignment, incredibly, a Euro-African Zone 2 relegation battle. Since then it has been a real team effort, with no fewer than 11 Brits stepping up to the plate.

But this weekend’s triumph in San Diego wasn’t all about the Scot. Indeed, it was number two singles player James Ward who came up with the pivotal result – a tie-tipping five-set victory over Querrey.

With Murray having dispatched Donald Young in straight sets and Querrey in four, Great Britain amassed the three wins they needed to send the US packing on Super Bowl night.

Great Britain will now go to Italy in April with a semi-final spot at stake.
thanks for providing a report Nigel -so nice to be able to read a positive story again when logging in to MW!
While I agree that James Ward came up with the pivotal result (allowing Andy to rest on the Saturday) it's good to see Andy playing so well on the red stuff and so soon after his op.  Some of his shots were pure Murray Magic.  Perhaps we can look forward to the clay season for once, rather than gritting our teeth and getting through it.  If what Ross Hutchins said about Andy's back inhibiting his clay game is accurate, then he could carry on where he left off a couple of years ago when he started pushing the top players on the clay.  And good to see Andy so enjoying the whole team experience.
February 03, 2014, 03:30 PM
By Ruthie

Andy played tremendously and very encouragingly too, but I'm gonna give the hero award to Wardy for this tie.
Without that win, which was way above his pay grade, we wouldn't have got through.
However, in Italy and everywhere else for that matter, if Andy wants/has to, he can also play in the doubles. And have a pretty good chance of winning now the Bryan brothers are safely out of the way.
February 03, 2014, 03:30 PM
By Cmongoose

I can see the point that Wardy's win was pivotal. It was an incredible comeback. Then again, if Andy had lost yesterday Wardy would have had to play the fifth rubber. That could have been a nervy affair all around, given what was at steak.

The most important thing is that it was a great team effort. I can't imagine Andy wanting all of the credit in the circumstances.

It was so clear that GB were a team yesterday. The Americans looked like a bunch of individuals. The difference was striking.
February 03, 2014, 03:44 PM
By teejay1

Thanks Nigel nice to see a different headline....would loveto see ward again ...Any did well on clay .lots more fun to come ..
February 03, 2014, 03:45 PM
By iamabritt

I can see the point that Wardy's win was pivotal. It was an incredible comeback. Then again, if Andy had lost yesterday Wardy would have had to play the fifth rubber. That could have been a nervy affair all around, given what was at steak.

The most important thing is that it was a great team effort. I can't imagine Andy wanting all of the credit in the circumstances.

It was so clear that GB were a team yesterday. The Americans looked like a bunch of individuals. The difference was striking.

The point is that relying on the (at time genuis) of Andy is something of a given yet its something that cannot be taken for granted. We really can't base everything around the one player regardless how good he is.
The others had to step up to the plate and Ward was the only one that could.
I dunno but with this result i think we could actually win the thing!
Also so much for the clay being a hindrance to Andy
take that Mr Courier karma's a ****.
February 03, 2014, 03:51 PM
By Cmongoose

^ I think in a way the fact that Andy has stood back and not played at times has been good for the others in a way, even though it earned Andy some criticism. It made the others step up, and they have. James Ward and Dan Evans have pulled off some great wins. I think that's what has given Andy the inclination to play, knowing that he doesn't have to carry all of the workload, although I know we'll need him for what lies ahead.

This time we were probably not expected to win the dubs, but Ward beating Querrey was a bonus.

I wonder if we really could win the thing? I think it could be tough, but with a bit of luck you really never know. It would be amazing if we could, even if it isn't this year. Either way, the team has come so far under Leon Smith. I think he deserves so much respect.
February 03, 2014, 04:05 PM
By teejay1

No Bryan Bros, means we could win the whole thing, a la Andy powering through 3 matches including a doubles win + or a possible break through performance form time to time from one of the others a la Ward.
We would need some luck however, & it still would be very difficult but Andy is a match for any other player out there in Davis cup this year. And the way he has played soooo well coming back from injury makes me think we shall see a new level from him soon...well, we will see won't we?
February 03, 2014, 04:27 PM
By Cmongoose

Switzerland in the semis, though. It's missing off Fed's CV and he's up for it this year. Beating both Stan and Fed in singles and doubles is a toughie.
February 03, 2014, 04:31 PM
By Grabcopy

Yeah it is, but he has beaten both of these players on numerous occasions.
More worried about Wawrinka than Federer nowadays.
And of course, I seem to remember a certain Federer going on and on about his olympic ambitions until Murray thwarted them and it then was magically no longer a big deal.............
February 03, 2014, 04:34 PM
By Cmongoose

At least there will be no Serbia or Spain on clay,
This might be our only chance for a long time to sneak a win more on our own terms.
February 03, 2014, 04:39 PM
By Cmongoose

Switzerland in the semis, though. It's missing off Fed's CV and he's up for it this year. Beating both Stan and Fed in singles and doubles is a toughie.

That's my thinking. An in form Andy could beat Federer, at least I think so. I'm sure he could also beat Stan. The reverse singles could be an issue, as well as the doubles. You never know, but it would be tough.

Still, it's great to even be in a position to discuss how tough it could be.

Also, I genuinely don't know, if we were to get to the semi's, possibly to face Switzerland, is there a chance of us playing at home?
February 03, 2014, 04:55 PM
By teejay1

Switzerland in the semis, though. It's missing off Fed's CV and he's up for it this year. Beating both Stan and Fed in singles and doubles is a toughie.

SF is weekend of 12-14 Sept, with the US Open finishing Monday 8th Sept - so anyone making it through to the final there would have little recovery time
February 03, 2014, 05:09 PM
By Elena


Also, I genuinely don't know, if we were to get to the semi's, possibly to face Switzerland, is there a chance of us playing at home?

Apparently it would definitely be at home should we make it that far as last we played them was away.
February 03, 2014, 05:18 PM
By angiebabez

SF is weekend of 12-14 Sept, with the US Open finishing Monday 8th Sept - so anyone making it through to the final there would have little recovery time

Would much prefer him to win his, ahem, second slam of the year than Davis Cup  Whistle
February 03, 2014, 06:05 PM
By Cmongoose

Well Fed would NOT like a home crowd against him. Hydro would be nice!
February 03, 2014, 06:37 PM
By wimbledonwestie

SF is weekend of 12-14 Sept, with the US Open finishing Monday 8th Sept - so anyone making it through to the final there would have little recovery time
It really annoys me that the QF and SF come right on top of Slams because I feel it's unfair on the top players who are the most likely to go far in them, which is one reason I feel the DC should only be played by lower-ranked players, i.e. possibly those outside the top 30.

Would much prefer him to win his, ahem, second slam of the year than Davis Cup  Whistle
Same here - and stuff the DC!  We aren't in danger of relegation so there should be no onus on Andy to play, and at least Leon Smith has the wit to accept that fact, which is more than can be said for a certain J Ll*yd.
February 03, 2014, 06:42 PM
By Aileen

goose I also meant to say so pleased that the choice of surface to disadvantage Andy backfired so spectacularly on US.  Jim Courier must be feeling pretty sick now.
I too would much prefer Andy to win more slams than any DC glory.  But at least the QFs will suit Andy by giving him match practice on clay just before the clay season.  Don't think we can take for granted that they'd win even with Andy playing as the Italians will have huge support for players who are pretty good on clay and have shown how they can beat better players when playing on their home clay.  Given how much satisfaction Andy himself clearly derives from playing as part of a team I am, though, less opposed to him playing DC than I was.
February 03, 2014, 07:01 PM
By Ruthie

Apparently it would definitely be at home should we make it that far as last we played them was away.

That's good to know, thanks Angie.
 
I'm having delightful illusions of the Sterling Uni students getting on Fed's nerves, assuming we beat Italy of course.

I'd love Andy to win his second slam of the year at the USO, but I'm greedy for him as well, so Davis Cup success would be amazing. I don't expect it, but it would be brilliant. It would also give him something else Federer hasn't done, which has an added appeal somehow Smile.
February 03, 2014, 07:33 PM
By teejay1

Well Fed would NOT like a home crowd against him. Hydro would be nice!
Also it could serve him up some tasty e.coli burgers. wink


I think in a way the fact that Andy has stood back and not played at times has been good for the others in a way, even though it earned Andy some criticism. It made the others step up, and they have. James Ward and Dan Evans have pulled off some great wins. I think that's what has given Andy the inclination to play, knowing that he doesn't have to carry all of the workload, although I know we'll need him for what lies ahead.

This time we were probably not expected to win the dubs, but Ward beating Querrey was a bonus.

I wonder if we really could win the thing? I think it could be tough, but with a bit of luck you really never know. It would be amazing if we could, even if it isn't this year. Either way, the team has come so far under Leon Smith. I think he deserves so much respect.
That was one of the main reasons why he stopped playing in the DC because he said the other players had to learn to step up to the plate, benefit from the ee discipline which is what good team work is all about, and generally gain more experience and confidence, all of which could boost their chances in tournaments, although why Ward is still messing about in Challengers, I wouldn't know, but  hopefully this tie might be wake-up call for him, and in fact it wouldn't surprise me if Leon, and possibly Andy, is now actively encouraging him to go for ATP tournaments.

I agree entirely with what you say about Leon.  He's worked wonders with these lads, dragging GB out of the depths of the DC to where we are now, and that only with a little help from Andy.  Where GB might have ended up with the feckless Lloyd in charge I shudder to think because he was about as inspiring as a wet Sunday in January.
February 03, 2014, 08:44 PM
By Aileen

Also it could serve him up some tasty e.coli burgers. wink


From some nice Swiss cows?
February 03, 2014, 08:57 PM
By wimbledonwestie

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