The first day ended all square at 1-1. Edmund made a superb start to his first Davis Cup match. He raced into a 5-0 lead and while it looked like Goffin might fight back Edmund took it 6-3. Edmund did even better in the second set and dropped just 1 game.
That’s when Goffin’s greater experience kicked in and he lost just 3 games in the next 3 sets.
As expected Murray had no problems in his match with Bemelmans and he won it in 3 sets.
Saturday was doubles day. The doubles rubber was always going to be key for the final result. If Britain won it then Murray could win the Cup with a win over Goffin. If Belgium won the doubles then they were in with a great chance although Edmunds will start as favourite against Bemelmans (assuming those two play the 5th rubber. I’d expect Darcis to be put in for a 5th rubber).
The first two sets of the doubles were very tight and they went into the third set at 1 set each. The Murray brothers were just a step faster than the Belgian pair and won the match in 4 sets.
So today Andy Murray has the chance to get the winning rubber when he plays David Goffin.
They have played twice before. Murray won in straight sets in Paris earlier this month on an indoor hard court and also won in straight sets at Wimbledon last year. Today’s clay court perhaps gives Goffin more chance than he had on faster surfaces but let’s not forget that Murray has some excellent results on clay this year. He reached the semis at the French Open for the second consecutive year and won the titles in Munich and Madrid beating Nadal in his own back yard.
Murray has shown himself to be an excellent big match player and his only flops have been against Djokovic or Federer. Last week’s loss to Nadal had more to do with the Davis Cup than the year end finals.
Murray loves the Davis Cup atmosphere. Forgive me for talking very little about Goffin but I don’t think he is mentally strong enough to beat Murray today with so much at stake. Perhaps he takes a set.
I really don’t expect to see a fifth rubber played today.