Davis Cup 2016: Andy Murray’s war of attrition


Being in the crowd to witness Andy Murray’s pulsating Davis Cup victory over Kei Nishikori at the weekend has inspired me to resurrect my blog.

I’ve been to Wimbledon and the O2 World Tour finals, but I have never been to a Davis Cup tie and I have also never seen Murray play.

Sunday’s match at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham was definitely an ‘I was there’ moment.

Murray beat his world-class opponent 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3 in a match that lasted nearly five hours.

I don’t think anyone expected such a war of attrition from Nishikori, regardless of his world number six ranking, and I think it was a fantastic advert for tennis at the highest level.

It was compelling, captivating and actually quite exhausting to watch. You really couldn’t guess how any of the sets were going to turn out.

Murray triumphed through sheer grit, determination and some superb tennis towards the end.


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