Murray Bros Close Gap v Argentina, Will Del Potro Be Fit Sunday? Cilic Looks To Close Out France
by Staff | September 17th, 2016, 6:16 pm

After a disappointing opening day at home, brothers Andy and Jamie Murray teamed to get Great Britain on the board against Argentina with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer.

With Great Britain down 2-0 leading into Saturday’s doubles, it was a must-win for the Murrays in Glasgow.

“The atmosphere was brilliant,” Jamie said. “From the first point to the last, the crowd was something else. As I said on the court, it’s a huge privilege to be able to play with Andy in Scotland and have that amount of support behind us.

“We played a great match, we had to. Those guys were playing really well too. We knew they weren’t going to shy away from the occasion and the atmosphere. I think we should be really proud of the way we played and competed from start to finish. It gives us momentum going into tomorrow’s matches.”

In a surprising move, the Argentines played del Potro who had just beaten Andy Murray in over five hours on Friday. As an underdog against Andy and Jamie and with little previous Davis Cup doubles experience, why put del Potro on the court especially when he must be feeling the 5-hour marathon?

“I thought that it was the best doubles team we have. We went for it to intend to close out the tie,” coach Daniel Orsanic said.

Del Potro wasn’t worried. “I felt tired [in the morning] but it was normal and I agree with Daniel’s decisions. With Leonardo we form the best option to play this match. I think we did really well, we had our chances but we couldn’t win.”

If Murray beats Guido Pella as expected, del Potro will be asked to win it for Argentina against either Kyle Edmund or maybe Dan Evans.

In Croatia, Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig toppled the favorites Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 to give Croatia a 2-1 lead over France going into the Sunday finale.

“I have to give a lot of credit to Dodig and our team captain, he prepared the tactics really well,” said Cilic. “Nicolas and Pierre served amazingly well today and it was extremely tough for me to return. But we also served very well while I also felt very comfortable on the net. A few points decided the contest, it was a real thriller in both tie-breaks and fortunately we came out on top.”

Cilic will try to win it Sunday against Richard Gasquet. If he fails Borna Coric will battle Lucas Pouille for a spot in the Davis Cup finals.

In World Group playoffs, after missing the Friday singles with a stomach issue, Rafael Nadal joined Marc Lopez to give Spain a 3-0 win over India in New Delhi.

“Our ambition was to get into the World Group, and it is great we did that,” Nadal said. “Leander is one of the greatest doubles players and the match was very close, it was won or lost in few points.

“I always love to come and play here. The crowd is great and I have loved playing here and also coming for my charity work.”

Kei Nishikori won both his matches to lead Japan to a 3-0 win over the visiting Ukraine. And behind Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic’s Friday wins, Australia swept Slovakia 3-0.

Canada and Belgium also earned spots in the World Group next year.

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21 Comments for Murray Bros Close Gap v Argentina, Will Del Potro Be Fit Sunday? Cilic Looks To Close Out France

chrisford1 Says:

I would not have done what the Argentinian coach did. What has the highest chance of victory? Throwing Delpo into doubles he rarely plays against a seasoned Murray Bros team, or giving him a days rest and put him out there against Ward, Evans, or Edmund?

Congrats to Cilic and Dodig for taking out the Slam-winning French team. And Japan for beating the Ukraine Republic.

AndyMira Says:

My God,Andy play like crazy today!His speed issss AMAZING!His body language also very positive..I think he will win today..

AndyMira Says:

What?No DelPo today?Oh My!From the brink of defeat two days team Brits has a very good chance to win!Awesome!!..I can’t help but gotta ask..”M,you’re still behind the sofa?”

scineram Says:

Idiot Orsanic must go. What a fucking moron captain.

AndyMira Says:

M,JK,RZ..sorry for the loss…

RZ Says:

@AM – thanks. It would have been nice for Dan Evans to complete a comeback but at least now Andy can focus on Shanghai, Paris, and the WTF. I am happy for DelPo. I don’t think he has a Davis Cup title, although he/Argentina have been in the final a few times.

My biggest concern about the Davis Cup tie is that it’s the second time in a few weeks that Andy has lost a match after being up 2 sets to 1. Both were against quality opponents (Nishikori and DelPo) but still….

Giles Says:

Well done Argentina.
Now all you have to do is lift the Davis Cup. You can do it.

Willow Says:

Well played Argentina, Stellar performances from Delpo and Meyer, no disgrace for team GB, been there and done that, hope Argentina wins the whole thing now, must hurt been in all those finals and not winning, so hope they crack the case this time, team GB put up a great defence of the title, so nt too down hearted in the end ….

Willow Says:

Agree RZ I think Murray has bigger fish to fry now ….

Emily Says:

Commiserations to team GB, but they had a great 2016. Whatever happened with Delpo Sunday, he did his job on Friday as the only player on that team who had a shot at beating Murray. Mayer has become a clutch Davis Cup player (winning that epic against Sousa) and showed it again today.

I’ll be cheering for Argentina and hope Delpo is fit, because that would be an amazing end to his comeback season if they could win. Also, that entire team has worked hard to put themselves in this position.

Willow Says:

Emily your two favorites are both on a great run ATM ;-)) ….

mat4 Says:


“that it’s the second time in a few weeks that Andy has lost a match after being up 2 sets to 1.”

He’s not a machine, R. He played great tennis and fought well. Champions get tired too.

Willow Says:

I See what RZ means its frustrating when you see your favorite losing from a winning position ….

RZ Says:

@mat4 – agreed. But he’s also one of the fittest guys on tour, had some recuperation time with the early US Open loss, and is one of the best returners so should be able to break in a final set. Back to back 5 set losses when being ahead in both cases could get into his head.

Emily Says:

@Willow, I know, it’s really exciting right now to be a fan of these two guys. It shows that if you’re patient and loyal, their successes mean so much more.

AndyMira Says:

@RZ..I know what you mean..I feel a little concern too..Andy postOlympics looks bit different..I really really hope he will take a vacation for a couple of weeks,and recharge his battery back..He needs it very badly..He’s been working non stop since clay season..When you’re tired physically,it will effect your mind..It’s clear from his wayward shot and unnecessary errors and like you said easily giveaway an advantage when he’s leading..The sharpness is not there..But RZ..did you notice his game after he was injured last night?He played more aggressive,start direct his shots more freely to the left and right..It’s as if he don’t care much about anything anymore because he’s in pain and just want to finish the match as quickly as possible and don’t want to drag the match to 4th or 5th sets..This is the type of game that he needs to keep with him constantly..I hope everything will going back to normal after he take a little break soon[i wish]..

Margot Says:

Hope you had an excellent time, in spite of the result! Didn’t watch, was away. We’ve had an excellent Davis Cup run but for Andy’s sake I’m glad we’re out.
Well played Argentina! Fortunately for JMDP there is an excellent second string in the team, unlike for poor Andy.

J-Kath Says:

Mat 4

Agree. In my view Andy has nothing to fear. Yes, he is extremely tired but was still able to perform at close to his best. Del Potro was even more tired and failed to pull himself together in the course of the match. But one must give Del Potro a “bye” given his past history….but not for much longer – you can’t have it both ways.

I don’t agree with the some of the views given on the thread…it was a super duper contest.

Margot: It was absolutely terrific – and I’m not bothered by the final result. Also it is making Andy and Leon think about the future re. does Andy sacrifice the rest of his career to Davis Cup…, at last it is properly up for discussion.

Andy has come clean on why he had an injury time in the last match – absolutely hilarious….hope there’s nothing seriously wrong with his private parts – on several levels.

J-Kath Says:

PS: ……in the course of the match”. In the course of the Doubles match.

J-Kath Says:

For anyone who is interested, the following is a quote from DelPo in a post Match Davis Cup Interview – translated from Spanish courtesy by “Augusta 08”.

Delpo: “I don’t have Murray’s physique, can’t recover like a top 10. After my longest match ever recovery wasn’t easy.”

J-Kath Says:

On “tenngrand” if anyone wants to read more.

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