Andy Murray seals Davis Cup win

Andy Murray and captain Leon Smith are reduced to tears following the victory. Picture: Jane Barlow
Andy Murray and captain Leon Smith are reduced to tears following the victory. Picture: Jane Barlow
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AGED just ten, he led a Scotland team to a thrilling win over their English rivals in a battle of the Auld Enemy at Craiglockhart Tennis Centre.

But yesterday, as he wrote another glorious chapter in the history of tennis, he was bringing home glory to all of Great Britain.

In a match where the tennis was as exceptional as the atmosphere, Andy Murray gave one of the most impressive displays of his gilded career to overcome Belgian David Goffin to clinch the Davis Cup.

After an inch-perfect lob secured a straight sets victory, the world no. 2 was overcome, falling to the clay of Ghent’s Flanders Expo and clutching his face.

Within seconds, his jubilant fellow players and coaches rushed to embrace him. It was the celebration befitting a close-knit team, but as they hoisted the 28-year-old aloft moments later, it was clear that Murray was the star of the moment.

The 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win earned Britain its first Davis Cup since Fred Perry and Bunny Austin defeated Australia in 1936, a year when Stanley Baldwin was in Downing Street and Edward VIII was on the throne.

Celebrations took place in the Capital offices of Tennis Scotland at Craiglockhart, the scene of that Murray-led win for Scotland under-12s against England 17 years ago.

Tennis Scotland chief executive David Marshall, who was in Ghent, paid tribute to captain Leon Smith, a regular visitor to the Capital as part of his role at the Lawn Tennis Association.

He said: “What a fantastic achievement for British tennis and to have such a Scottish influence on the outcome makes it even more special.

“It was a privilege to be in attendance and the fans certainly played their part in what was a memorable three days. Many people will have been inspired to take up tennis by the Davis Cup success and it is vital that we make it as easy as possible for them to play as often as they wish.”

Murray held his nerve in a masterful display, at one stage saving a break point in the fifth game of the first set before stringing together four points to break to love.

After the celebrations died down, a visibly drained Murray paid tribute to his teammates, describing the win as “amazing”.

It was, he admitted, the most emotional he had been after any of his famous victories, and he suggested not even another Grand Slam title would eclipse the experience.

“We’ll all remember this year for the rest of our lives, regardless of what happens in the rest of any of our careers,” he said.

Judy Murray, who cheered on her son during the match, later took to Twitter, writing: “Mission accomplished.”