Andy Murray, Davis Cup 2014

Great Britain 2014 Davis Cup campaign to the quarterfinals

Andy Murray: “A fantastic challenge I’m looking forward to in 2014 is representing Great Britain in the World Group of Davis Cup. We played a great match in Umag, Croatia, in September to gain promotion. There is a great sense of togetherness in the British camp. A lot of good people work for the game in this country at so many different levels and the Davis Cup is an opportunity for us all to show what it means to represent Britain. The sense is different from when you are out there on your own. I know I have the support from my box – that’s a given – but this is right there, in your face, the whole time.”

1st round: GREAT BRITAIN – USA 3-1, San Diego, clay

After Andy Murray‘s routine win over Donald Young, British number 2 James Ward caused a big surprise by defeating former top 20 Sam Querrey in five sets. Bob and Mike Bryan kept the US hope alive, but Murray finished the job to put Great Britain into the quarterfinals for the first time since 1986. It is also the first time Britain have beaten the USA since 1935!

Andy Murray defeats Donald Young 6-1 6-2 6-3
James Ward defeats Sam Querrey 1-6 7-6 3-6 6-4 6-1
Bob and Mike Bryan defeat Colin Fleming/Dominic Inglot 6-2 6-3 3-6 6-1
Andy Murray defeats Sam Querrey 7-6 6-7 6-1 6-3

Petco Park Davis Cup Setup 3

Davis Cup 2014: USA vs GBR

US Davis Cup captain Jim Courier

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Sam Querrey

Sam Querrey

Photo credit: Glenn Stein

QF: Italy – Great Britain 3-1, Napoli, clay

Andy Murray picked up two wins in one day to put Great Britain 2-1 but it proved not enough to qualify Britain for its first Davis Cup semifinal since 1981. An inspired Fognini beat Murray in straight sets on Sunday before Andreas Seppi sealed Italy’s comeback victory by defeating James Ward.

Fabio Fognini defeats James Ward 6-4 2-6 6-4 6-1
Andy Murray defeats Andreas Seppi 6-4 7-5 6-3
Colin Fleming/Andy Murray defeat Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-2 3-6 7-5
Fabio Fognini defeats Andy Murray 6-3 6-3 6-4
Andreas Seppi defeats James Ward 6-4 6-3 6-4

Davis Cup 2014: ITA vs GBR

Fabio Fognini

Colin Fleming and Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Leon Smith: “We deserve to be here. We are a World Group team now and the job is to make sure that the players and staff keep improving so that when we get to the 2015 campaign, we can hit the ground running and keep trying to build on this. Hopefully we can get a home tie in next year’s draw because that’s three tough ones away on clay now. It would be great to get a home tie so that we can really fill a big arena to give this team that home advantage.”

Photo credit: Andrea Fucci

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