Britain won the Davis Cup for the 1st time in 79 years in Ghent on Sunday when Andy Murray defeated David Goffin six-3, 7-5, six-three in the 1st of the reverse singles for an unbeatable three-1 lead more than Belgium.
It was a fitting climax for the 28-year-old Scot to offer the winning point, getting won all 11 rubbers he played in during the campaign as the British defeated heavyweights United States, France and Australia just before the clincher against Belgium.
The win more than Goffin produced him just the third player, after John McEnroe and Mats Wilander, to win all eight singles in the identical calendar year since the Davis Cup Globe Group began in 1981.
It also underpinned Murray’s spot in tennis history following his headline-generating wins in the 2012 US Open and Olympics, and at Wimbledon the following year.
The match-up of the two national quantity ones came soon after each had won their opening singles on Friday and Murray had teamed up with brother Jamie the following day to defeat Goffin and Steve Darcis in the doubles.
It was do or die for Goffin and Belgium against the globe number two, who had yet to drop a single set against the 16th ranked Belgian in prior games.
Murray won the initial set with ease, but was taken all the way in the second prior to charging back from an early break in the third to clinch the win for Britain.
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