The last, beautiful backhanded lob made an arc over Belgium’s David Goffin and landed on the ground well inside the baseline, spelling the end of the match. On the other side of the net, Andy Murray collapsed to the ground in sheer delight. He had done what no player has been to accomplish since 1936; brought Davis Cup glory to Great Britain.
The first win for Great Britain in a Davis Cup final in 79 years, Sunday’s match saw Murray at his aggressive best. He defeated Goffin in straight sets 6-3, 7-5, 6-3, proving that in spite of his eccentricities and temper outbursts, he’s still the man Britain can rely on to bring home the laurels.
The man from Dunblane, Scotland, now has his eyes set on the Australian Open early next year. Murray will be resuming training in Dubai next week to prepare for the task. Not only did Andy Murray win his two singles rubbers, he also scored a victory in the doubles alongside his brother Jamie.
The home-crowd in Ghent was booing and whistling all through the match, fully behind local boy Goffin, but Murray remained unfazed and totally focused on his game. In the end, he won the test of nerves and when red, white and blue confetti rained in the stadium, the moment of triumph had come for Great Britain’s greatest tennis champion.