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GB Defeat USA to Reach Davis Cup Quarter Finals
Andy has helped Great Britain seal a historic victory over the USA in the Davis Cup, defeating Sam Querrey in four sets, helping Britain reach the quarter finals of the competition for the first time since 1986.
Both players started the match extremely brightly and Andy secured an early break to put his American opponent under pressure. However Querrey was fully aware of the situation, knowing that the USA needed to win the match to keep the tie alive and he broke back. Both players then held well for the remaining games to send the first set into a tie break. The tie break was as tight as the set had started, and it was Andy that was able to find the crucial breakthrough, taking the tie break 7-5.
The second continued in the extremely tight fashion that the first had finished, both players were serving extremely well, which again pushed the set into a tie break. However this tie break was to be Querrey’s, who flew out of the blocks, securing the mini break from Andy early and then held serve to take the second set 7-3 in the tie break.
After closely losing the second set, a frustrated Andy came out swinging in the third and fourth sets, and produced some mesmerising tennis to completely dominate his American opponent and close out the match in style. Wasting no time in the third, Andy gave Querrey very little and closed the set out comfortably 6-1 and again in the fourth Andy surrendered very little, and after a match point went begging on Querrey’s serve, Andy was left serving for the match and a place in the quarter finals. After a brief fight back from Querrey, Andy won three points in a row to save two break points and then when his opponents return sailed wide of the tramline, Andy let out a shout to confirm that he had secured the set 6-3 and crucially the match by three sets to one.
Speaking after the match Andy said “He came out playing extremely aggressively, especially on my serve. I changed tactics at the beginning of the third set and I was able to dictate many of the points after that. So that change of tactics helped. You have a responsibility to your team-mates to play well, but I also have a lot of experience in the Davis Cup and the Slams, so you know how to deal with it relatively well.”
Great Britain will now face Italy away in early April for a chance to reach the Semi Finals.