Andy Murray

Following James Ward loss to Gilles Simon earlier in the day, this match was a must-win for Andy Murray.

For whatever reason French Davis Cup captain Arnaud Clément decided to sit recent Wimbledon semifinalist Richard Gasquet for day 1, and after two tight sets, Murray beat Tsonga quite comfortably 7-5 7-6(10) 6-2 and drew level with France at 1-1.

Andy Murray:

The crowd was great, especially at the important moments. I was happy with the job that I did today. I don’t feel like I played amazing, but I played some good shots at important times

Saturday’s doubles rubber will be crucial: Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray will take on Richard Gasquet and Nicolas Mahut.

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Andy Murray
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Gilles Simon

Less than a week after Wimbledon, the Queen’s Club hosts the Davis Cup quarterfinal between Great Britain and France. The winner will face Kazakhstan or Australia in the semifinals in September. With 3 top 20 in their team and a doubles specialist, France is the huge favorite, but in Davis Cup you never know what might happen.

Last March, James Ward pulled off the biggest win of his career, beating John Isner in a marathon 6-7 5-7 6-3 7-6 15-13 match in the Davis Cup first round tie against USA. But this time, he didn’t cause recent Wimbledon quarterfinalist Gilles Simon too many problems. Simon wins in straight sets 6-4 6-4 6-1 in under two hours, and that’s 1-0 for France.

Leon Smith and James Ward

James Ward and Gilles Simon

Gilles Simon and Arnaud Clément
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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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