Andy Murray ended Great Britain’s 79-year wait for a 10th Davis Cup title by defeating Belgium’s David Goffin 6-3 7-5 6-3 in Ghent yesterday.
Despite the fact that Goffin was playing on clay – his preferred surface – and in front of a boisterous 13,000 capacity crowd at the Flanders Expo centre, two-time major winner Murray put his opponent to the sword to complete victory for Leon Smith’s side.
Dunblane-born Murray has already restored British tennis pride with his US Open triumph in 2012 – the first Grand Slam title for a British player since Fred Perry in 1936 – and his momentous Wimbledon victory the following year.
He also became the first British winner of Olympics singles gold in 2012, but a Davis Cup clincher on Sunday, handing Britain an unassailable 3-1 lead in the final, completed a remarkable turnaround for a team that have risen from the brink of relegation to Europe/Africa Group III in 2010.
World No 2 Murray has now won all 11 rubbers he has played in – eight singles and three doubles – after Britain powered past heavyweights United States, France and Australia before seeing off upstarts Belgium en route to glo