Andy Murray leads GB to Davis Cup win over Switzerland on day of grandmother’s funeral – ‘That one’s for you’ – Eurosport

Andy Murray dug deep for a three-set win over Leandro Riedi to set Great Britain on their way to victory over Switzerland in the Davis Cup Finals group stage, and revealed after the match that he was competing on the day of his grandmother’s funeral.

The Scot prevailed 6-7(7) 6-4 6-4 in a match lasting three hours and 10 minutes at the AO Arena in Manchester, setting things up nicely ahead of Cameron Norrie and the doubles duo of Neal Skupski and Dan Evans later.

Murray revealed in an emotional on-court interview that he was competing on the day of his grandmother’s funeral.

“Today is a tough day for me,” Murray said. “It’s my gran’s funeral today.

“I’m sorry to my family that I’m not able to be there.

“But yeah, grandma, that one’s for you.”

Murray showed all his powers of resilience and determination in this epic encounter against the world No.152, as a partisan crowd lapped it up.

He looked to be cruising after breaking Riedi in the second game of the first set, but the turning point came in the eighth game after Murray failed to capitalise on two set points.

With the deficit reduced to 5-3, the Swiss broke Murray for the first time and took it to a tie-break, which was just as enthralling as the set itself.

Riedi staved off two set more points and a superb forehand effort brilliantly combated Murray’s serve to draw first blood in the contest.

Murray levelled things up in the second set after breaking the Swiss in the seventh game at the second opportunity, as a double fault swayed momentum his way.

But Riedi was continuing to make an impression on his Davis Cup debut, breaking back immediately with what was becoming an increasingly lethal forehand.

This topsy-turvy contest showed no signs of slowing down, as Murray broke again to love and successfully held his serve on a second set point.

Murray claimed an early break in the opening game of the third set, but was immediately pegged back by a superb cross-court effort that was deemed in after a successful challenge from the Swiss.

After both players held their next service games, Riedi lost his serve at the third break point as Murray moved 3-2 ahead.

The next five games all went the way of the server, and the match was concluded in the tenth game with Murray winning to 30 against the plucky 21-year-old.

“It was incredible to get through that one,” he told the BBC in his on-court interview. “It could have easily gone the other way, and his returning is ridiculous; the shots he was pulling off were amazing and it made it very tough for me.

“I kept fighting tried to stay focused, and I managed to turn it around.”

Cameron Norrie then took on Stan Wawrinka in the tie’s second match, with the veteran Swiss winning 7-5 6-4.

Wawrinka later teamed up with Dominic Stricker against Dan Evans and Neal Skupski for the decisive doubles.

The British pair won 6-3 6-3 to claim the tie for Britain. GB can reach the quarter-finals if they defeat France on Sunday.

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