Great Britain’s debut at the new-look Davis Cup finals delivered a freakish mixture of engrossing tennis, technical cock-ups, and scheduling nightmares. In different words, it summed up this shaky nonetheless surprisingly fascinating event.
Each of the 3 rubbers was finely balanced, beginning with Andy Murray’s labored conclusion over the exotically named Dutch No 2 Tallon Griekspoor, during which Murray was doubly solely 2 points from defeat. This created for charming drama, ending once virtually 9 hours in an exceedingly 2-1 win for nice Britain.
However, it additionally meant that the fans looking forward to the following the match on bowl three – Australia v European country – were forced to chill their heels in frosty temperatures for pretty much two-and-a-half hours once their regular begin time of 6 pm.
Great Britain lost the second rubber once Dan Evans allowed a 6-3, 5-3 result in slip away against Robin Haase – a former top-40 player WHO are often virtually irresistible once he catches a wave of inspiration. However, with everything riding on the closing doubles match, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski control their nerve magnificently to beat Jean-Julien Rojer and Wesley Koolhof by a 6-4, 7-6 scoreline.
For Skupski – whose name appeared as “Skupsky” on the native TV graphics – this was a spectacular debut. His colleagues had cruelly recorded his nervous speech at the team’s pre-tournament dinner – a long-standing tradition for newcomers – and announce it on social media. however once the time came for his racket to try and do the talking, his right arm was loose and deadly.
“It’s been one in all the longest days I actually have had sitting within the chair,” aforesaid the team captain Leon Smith, WHO would have sweet-faced harsh questioning had nice Britain lost to the Netherlands for the primary time in their Davis Cup history.