The British Davis Cup team have a lot to be proud about this week as they recorded a 3-1 victory over France, with the last game between James Ward and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga being cancelled.
The Murray brothers really shone during these quarter final matches; Andy beating Tsonga in three sets and Gilles Simon in four sets.
While these games were two days apart he was still able to team up with his brother, Jamie, doubles world number 20, to fend off Tsonga and his teammate Nicolas Mahut 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-1.
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Andy Murray's ability to play strongly for three days straight, especially in his tie against a rested Gilles Simon on the third day, shows how physically and mentally strong he really is, and how vital he is in their push for Britain’s first Davis Cup victory since Fred Perry’s team in 1936.
However, he is by no means a one man team. Brother, Jamie is an impressive doubles partner and James Ward is finally a top 100 singles player.
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The fourth member of the team, Dominic Inglot is another highly rated doubles player, and Aljaz Bedene (recently granted British citizenship) is officially Britain’s number two for singles.
The top dogs are out
Compare our team to the other semi-finalists and we have a fantastic chance to go all the way. Britain have already defeated the fourth ranked team, France and Belgium’s David Goffin is the only top 20 player remaining in the tournament. With no Spain or Switzerland remaining in the competition, it's looking much more likely to fall into British hands this time around.
How can they do it?
What we see from this is that the one thing Britain need to go far is to allow the Murray’s to play the majority of the games.
Andy will be favourite against any other opponent and Jamie has shown he is a tough man to beat. This isn’t a guaranteed tactic of course, but even if it falls through, James Ward could put pressure on the majority of the remaining players.
None of the other sides have the same stability as Britain and, providing our players remain fit, we could see the team make history as they take on Australia in the semi-final.
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