Davis Cup Final: Murray brothers put Britain ahead

Andy Murray could get the job done when he takes on Goffin in the first of those rubbers on Sunday, giving Britain its first Davis Cup win since 1936 and 10th overall. Both number ones won their opening matches on Friday and the win for the Murray brothers on Saturday means that Andy is now 10-0 in Davis Cup play this year.

Andy Murray (left) and Jamie Murray celebrate their doubles win.   -  Reuters

Andy and Jamie Murray took Britain to the cusp of Davis Cup glory in Ghent on Sunday, defeating David Goffin and Steve Darcis of Belgium 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a crucial doubles match to grab a 2-1 lead with just the reverse singles to follow.

Andy Murray could get the job done when he takes on Goffin in the first of those rubbers on Sunday, giving Britain its first Davis Cup win since 1936 and 10th overall.

Both number ones won their opening matches on Friday and the win for the Murray brothers on Saturday means that Andy is now 10-0 in Davis Cup play this year.

The first set, in front of a noisy 13,000 capacity crowd at the Flanders Expo, was tight as a drum with the first break point only coming after 31 minutes when it was 5-4 to Belgium.

Andy Murray saved that with a big first serve and in the next game a missed smash from Darcis gave the British pair their first set point which they took after Andy Murray got the better of Darcis at the net.

But it was Jamie Murray that faltered in the third game of the second set. Three missed volleys and a double fault opened the door wide for the Belgians and they walked through it on their third set point.

The older of the Murray boys was clearly the target for the Belgians and was struggling. He dropped serve again in the third game of the third set as the home pair started to grow in confidence.

One win away from the title

The final will be decided on Sunday with the two reverse singles.

Andy Murray will take on Goffin first up in a clash of the two number ones with Ruben Bemelmans scheduled to take on Kyle Edmund in the final rubber.

There could be changes though for the closing match if the final is still alive with Darcis thought to be likely to play for the Belgians and possibly James Ward for Britain.