Great Britain promotion to Davis Cup World Group in 2013
GROUP I EUROPE/AFRICA 2ND ROUND: GREAT BRITAIN – RUSSIA 3-2, Coventry, hard
It was surprisingly the first time Great Britain and Russia met in Davis Cup and it surely was a tie to remember! Brits overturned a 0-2 deficit for the first time since 1930 to clich an historic 3-2 victory over Russia.
“On the practice court on Sunday morning, there was no doubt in our minds we could do this. I’m so proud of the whole team. James’s was a hell of an effort to come back, then Dan came in and he bossed that match. I think it’s one of the best days I’ve seen in British tennis.”
“Earlier this year against Russia in Coventry, Dan Evans and James Ward recovered from a couple of body-blow defeats on the first day and responded with victories over Dmity Tursunov and Evgeny Donskoy, players who are ranked much higher than them. A lot of this is down to Leon’s sound captaincy. He has this ability to say the right thing at the right time, to quietly analyse a match and he doesn’t complicate things.”
Dmitry Tursunov defeats Dan Evans 6-4 6-7 6-4 5-7 6-4
Evgeny Donskoy defeats James Ward 4-6 4-6 7-5 6-3 8-6
Colin Fleming/Jonathan Marray defeat Victor Baluda/Igor Kunitsyn 6-1 6-4 6-2
James Ward defeats Dmitry Tursunov 6-4 5-7 5-7 6-4 6-4
Dan Evans defeats Evgeny Donskoy 6-4 6-4 6-1
Photo credit: Dave
WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFF: CROATIA – GREAT BRITAIN 1-3, Umag, clay
Andy Murray, playing his first Davis Cup tie in two years, won both his singles matches and the doubles in partnership with Colin Fleming. Great Britain is back into the Davis Cup’s world group for the first time since 2008.
“I wanted to play on all three days of the Croatia tie and while I cannot say that will happen all the time, if I think it will help the team to do that and the captain agrees, I will. I played Ivan Dodig in the first reverse singles in Croatia. On my third match point the crowd was so noisy after a call had gone against Ivan on the previous point. He felt the ball was in, I knew it was out, the umpire agreed but the crowd refused to let it drop. Well, I’ve served for the Wimbledon final now, so I just smiled, served, played a really good point and we won the tie. I’ve had some pretty wonderful experiences this year but that was right up with them. The joy on everyone’s face was a picture. I cherish those moments.”