Britain’s top tennis player, and World Number 3, Andy Murray delivered a crucial victory against Croatia’s Ivan Dodig yesterday despite nursing a persistent back injury. The Wimbledon Champion’s 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 result secured Britain a 4-1 Davis Cup win that guarantees a place in the 16-strong elite World Group for 2014. Leon Smith, the Great Britain Captain, was delighted, describing Murray’s performance as “out of this world, professional, high quality and motivated. It was really, really good from Murray”.
The Scot was characteristically modest about his contribution but clearly enjoys being part of a team and, with the draw for the 2014 event on Wednesday, he is confident that Britain could have a chance to win the prestigious Davis Cup next year but notes that “It depends on the draw, it depends on the home and away ties, it depends if everyone plays, and there are only one or two guys may just now I wouldn’t go into a match favourite against”.
Those guys to whom Murray refers are Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. The trio’s countries of Spain, Serbia and Switzerland respectively will also compete in the 2014 Davis Cup, although Serbia has unfinished business to see to first in 2013.
Serbia are favourite to win the 2013 Davis Cup with betting odds of 1/3 from bookmaker Paddy Power with the Czech Republic at odds of 9/4 from the Irish bookie. Serbia saw off Canada yesterday after singles wins from World Number 1, Djokovic, and Janko Tipsarevic delivered an overall 3-2 win. Tipsarevic beat Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in the winner-takes-all final match and acknowledged the importance of his victory, saying “This is one of the sweetest wins of my career and I hereby wish to thank my team mates for their support. See you right there against Croatia”.
Defending champions, the Czech Republic, won through to their third Davis Cup final in five years after Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek beat Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq and Horacio Zeballos in doubles on Saturday. The Czechs will travel to Serbia for the November 15-17 final and – despite Serbia being favourites for the event – remain confident of success. Stepanek, who with Berdych has won 13 of their 14 rubbers played since 2007, simply commented that “We would like to keep the trophy because it’s beautiful”.
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