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On this day in 2015: Great Britain end long wait for Davis Cup win

Andy Murray helped Great Britain to victory in the Davis Cup (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Andy Murray helped Great Britain to victory in the Davis Cup (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Andy Murray inspired Great Britain to Davis Cup victory for the first time in 79 years on this day in 2015 after success in the final against Belgium.

Britain had last got their hands on the trophy in 1936, when Fred Perry and Bunny Austin helped defeat Australia.

When Murray completed a straight-sets win against David Goffin in Ghent to clinch it, he completed one of the most impressive feats of his career.

The Scot’s 6-3 7-5 6-3 triumph against the Belgian number one at the Flanders Expo was his 11th win in the competition that season.

Davis Cup – Belgium v Great Britain – Final – Day Three – Flanders Expo Centre
Murray completed a straight sets victory over David Goffin to win the trophy (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Murray spearheaded the victory and claimed 11 of the 12 points which Britain needed for the title, eight in singles and three in doubles with brother Jamie. The only player not a member of the Murray family to contribute was James Ward.

Three other players have won 11 rubbers in a season since the current Davis Cup format was introduced in 1981, but Murray became the first to do so all in live rubbers and remain unbeaten.

On their way to victory, Britain defeated the United States 3-2 in Glasgow, France 3-1 in London and Australia 3-2 in the semi-finals in Glasgow before Murray sealed a 3-1 success against Belgium.

Davis Cup – Belgium v Great Britain – Final – Day Three – Flanders Expo Centre
Murray claimed 11 of Britain’s 12 points needed for victory (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Murray said: “I probably haven’t been as emotional as that after a match that I’ve won.

“I’ve been pretty upset having lost matches before. But I’d say that’s probably the most emotional I’ve been after a win.

“It’s incredible that we managed to win this competition. I didn’t know that would ever be possible.”