Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, two of the best players in the male’s tennis category have carried their respective national teams into the quarter finals of the Davis Cup.
Nevertheless, both did not enjoy smooth paths to victory; each player was forced into rubber games shy of five hours by their opponents. Djokovic even had a further disadvantage in the form of a shoulder injury.
In the match against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushin, Djokovic managed 19 aces and 37 winnners but committed 94 unforced errors. He needed 4h hours and 57 minutes to complete the game at 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to pull Serbia level against Kazakhstan in Belgrade.
Viktor Troicki then finished the job for Serbia by beating Aleksandr Nedovyesov in straight sets, winning the game at 6-2, 6-3 and 6-4.
Meanwhile, Andy Murray took 4 hours and 55 minutes to edge past World No 6 Kei Nishikori by 7-5, 7-6, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3. His victory allowed Great Britain, the defending Davis Cup Champions to proceed to the quarter finals with a 3-1 tie.
This was impressive as he arguably led his team ahead single-handedly, with Murray winning all of his three matches in three days. He had also taken a long break – this was his first event since the Australian Open and the birth of his first daughter Sophia.
But the rough demands of the game did not get to the World Number two, with Murray revealing a rare, mellow side of himself during the post-match interview.
“It’s Kim’s first Mother’s Day,” he said, “so it will be nice to get to see her this evening.”
“I’ll try to get back for bath time and to put her to sleep – the baby, not Kim.”