GB Davis Cup team

Despite a nervous start, Andy Murray had a solid 7-6 6-3 7-6 win over John Isner. Britain will face last year’s finalist , France in July for a place in the semifinals. A big challenge for Team GB as France has 4 top 20 players in the team (Gilles Simon, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Gael Monfils) and a brilliant doubles pair (Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut).

Andy Murray and Leon Smith

Andy Murray and Leon Smith

John Isner
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Mike and Bob Bryan

What a match! The British pair of Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray was really really close to clinch the victory over Bob and Mike Bryan: just to fell short in the fifth.

US Davis Cup captain Jim Courier:

“We have some momentum going into tomorrow and we needed a breath of life. We’re going to have to rise to the occasion all day tomorrow to punch through and get a victory here.”

In my opinion, John Isner has absolutely zero chance to beat Andy Murray in the reverse singles tomorrow. What do you think?

GB Davis Cup team

Great Britain's Andy Murray and James Ward, courtside at the Glasgow Arena..

Bryan brothers
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James Ward

History seems to repeat itself: last year in San Diego, James Ward (ranked 175 at the time) pulled off a five-set upset over Sam Querrey to give Britain a 2-0 lead. This time, he rallied from two sets down to beat world number 20 John Isner in a marathon match 6-7 5-7 6-3 7-6 15-13 in just under 5 hours in front of an ecstatic crowd.

Emirates Arena

John Isner

John Isner
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Andy Murray

For the second year in a row, USA and Great Britain meet in the Davis Cup first round. Last year in San Diego, Great Britain advanced to the Davis Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1986, thanks to an 3-1 victory over the Americans in San Diego. Americans had strangely chosen to play on clay.
After Andy Murray’s easy win over Donald Young, world number 175 James Ward pulled off a five-set upset over 49th-ranked Sam Querrey. The Bryan brothers kept the Americans’ hope alive with a victory over Colin Fleming and Dominic Inglot, but Andy Murray sealed the British victory with a four set win against Querrey in the reverse singles.

in San Diego

Andy Murray

This year, the Brits have opted to play on indoor hard courts in Glasgow. John Isner replaces Sam Querrey in the US team:

USA TEAM

while Jamie Murray will play the doubles alongside Dominic Inglot:

GB Team
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Rod Laver

From Love Thirty: Three Decades of Champions, by Rex Bellamy, published in 1990:

Rodney George Laver was the most astounding player I ever saw, and may have been the greatest ever. His record is without parallel. Consider what that record might have been but for his exclusion from 21 Grand Slam tournaments when he was, presumably, at his physical peak, between the ages of 24 and 29. Had professionals been eligible for those events, Lew Hoad might have had the better of laver for a year or so and Ken Rosewall would always have been worth an even-money bet. But one has to believe that from 1963 to 1967 Laver would have collected another bunch of major championships and perhaps a third Grand Slam. Laver overlapped and dominated two Grand Slam eras separated by seven years. He did so because he had it all. Because he was adventurer and artist in one. Because he could raise his game to any level demanded of it.

Laver was only 5ft 8 1/2in tall and usually weighed around 10st 71lb. But he had gigantic left arm and his speed and agility were breathtaking. The circumference of his left forearm was 12in and the wrist measured 7in. The strength of that wrist and forearm gave him blazing power without loss of control, even when he was on the run at full stretch. The combination of speed and strength, especially wrist-strength, enabled him to hit ferocious winners when way out of court – often when almost under the noses of the front ow of spectators. And he was a bow-legged, beautifully balanced, and as quick as a cat. He had some glorious matches with Rosewall – and with Tom Okker, who could match Laver’s speed and panache but was second-best in terms of strength and technical versatility. Laver also had the eyes of a hawk and fast anticipation and reactions. Like Budge, he was feckle-faced and had copper-coloured hair. Another distinguished feature was a long nose that, in spite of the kink in it, gave a false impression of hauteur. For much of his career Laver was confessedly shy and self-conscious, but there was no ‘side’ to him. He was easy going – except on court.

Marty Riessen once summed up Laver admirably: “To look at him walking around, you wouldn’t think he was world champion. He doesn’t stand out. His stature isn’t something you expect, like a Gonzales or a Hoad. Off the court, his personality seems almost retiring. But it’s as if he goes into a telephone booth and changes. On court he’s aggressive. Such a big change of personality – when a lot of players play the same as they act. What impresses me is his quickness. Speed enables him to recover when he’s in trouble. And the thing I learned from playing Laver is how consistent one can be with power. It’s amazing how he can keep hitting with such accuracy. He combines everything. There are a lot of good competitors. But he’s fantastic.”

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