Great Britain are in the Davis Cup semi finals for the second consecutive year. They won the Cup last year which was mainly due to the efforts of Andy Murray.
Great Britain are playing at home in Scotland and are hosting Argentina who are led by Juan Martin Del Potro. The first first rubber saw Britain’s Andy Murray take on Del Potro as The Argentina captain had named Del Potro as their number 2 player. I was clear in the early games that is was going to be a close match and there were doubts over Murray’s energy levels following a very busy and successful summer. Del Potro took the opening set but Murray fought back well to take the second set and also secured the third set in a tie break after Del Potro failed to serve it out at 5-4.
In sets 4 and 5 it was the big Argentinian who had a little more left in the fuel tank and he dealt Great Britain a severe blow to their hopes of defending their title.
The second rubber was between Kyle Edmund and Guido Pella. Edmund started as favourite and he took the opening set in a tie break. British fans’ hopes were given a boost but it was short lived. Pella took the next 3 sets to put Argentina 2-0 up in the tie.
Today was doubles day and the Murray brothers teamed up to try to keep Britain in the tie. The Argentinians substituted Delbonis for Del Potro but it was the Scottish pair that took the match in 4 sets.
Murray is first up on Sunday and is likely to beat whoever Argentina put into the 4th rubber. At the moment it looks like being Pella and I see no reason for that to change as they will be relying on Del Potro beating Edmund to take them through to the final.
Del Potro will start as very strong favourite at around 1.15 against Edmund and unless he has burned himself out by playing 9 sets in 2 days it looks likely that Britain will not be lifting the Cup for a consecutive year.