Andy Murray’s quest to end another historic streak relies as much on his ability to play well with his brother as it does on his clash with David Goffin
Andy Murray has done quite well in international competition. He picked up a gold medal in singles and a silver medal in mixed doubles during the 2012 olympic games. He can join the Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Stan Wawrinka as having won grand slam titles, at least one olympic medal, and at least one Davis Cup title.
For Andy Murray to succeed in this endeavor, he needs to rely on his brother. I have been in a few doubles situations in which my partner was a far superior tennis player. This does not always equate to success. Jamie Murray’s 2015 successes in terms of reaching the doubles World Tour Finals, the US Open doubles final, and the Wimbledon doubles final mean that Andy has a very worthy co-conspirator in his Davis Cup quest. The fact that his Davis Cup hopes are improved by the play of his older brother brings some interesting emotional dynamics to this Davis Cup finale. Few players win a Davis Cup title by being part of all three points. Boris Becker’s 1989 performance versus Sweden and Pete Sampras’ 1995 performance versus Russia standout. Andy Murray will likely need to be part of all three points if the UK is going to win its first Davis Cup title since Fred Perry’s days.