Stunning, stupendous, extraordinary, amazing: just some of the plaudits that poured forth in the wake of Andy Murray’s victory in the Davis Cup yesterday.
The outstanding performance of the team was capped by a virtuoso display by Scotland’s tennis superstar to secure victory for Great Britain – the first time the country has won the Davis Cup since 1936.
It has taken not one but several generations to attain a victory last enjoyed when Stanley Baldwin was prime minister.
Few thought the achievement of Bunny Austin and Fred Perry back then would ever be repeated. But Andy Murray and his team rose to the occasion.
Captain Leon Smith guided Britain from the third tier to glory in five years – and described Murray’s performance against Belgium’s David Goffin as that of “an absolute superstar”.
His Belgian opponent did not go down without a fight. He extended Murray to two hours and 54 minutes. But the two-time Grand Slam champion played some of his best tennis to clinch the match.
But this was not just about a one-match victory. And throughout the competition, the world no. 2 insisted that this is not a one-man team, and that James Ward and Jamie Murray contributed vital points during the winning campaign.
But for Andy, it is a momentous achievement – yet another one – in one of the world’s most competitive sports. He now adds the Davis Cup to his other major titles at Wimbledon, the US Open and the Olympic Games in London three years ago.
Brilliant though many of his service returns and rallies were yesterday, it is Murray’s long-haul commitment, his determination, grit and will to win that we have every cause to celebrate. For he has demonstrated, in the most vivid manner imaginable, how such attributes can inspire all, in any sport, to prevail and raise sporting talent to the pinnacle of international success.
Murray also matches his contemporaries in winning one of the sport’s biggest prizes, having won more points for the team along the way than Novak Djokovic (seven points in Serbia’s 2010 win), Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Little wonder that barely had the supporter partying got under way in Ghent yesterday, there were widespread suggestions of further honours on the way for the Scottish champion.
We couldn’t agree more.