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Andy Murray vs David Goffin Davis Cup Final tennis live: Doubles recap and preview of the biggest clash so far

Abigail Johnson in News 28 Nov 2015
  • The Davis Cup Final is being contested on clay in Ghent, Belgium, between Belgium and Great Britain
  • Andy and Jamie Murray defeated David Goffin and Steve Darcis in the doubles to give GB a 2-1 lead
  • Murray plays Goffin at 12pm BST on Sunday, and if he wins, GB are Davis Cup champions

After a rollercoaster doubles rubber on Saturday, Andy Murray takes on David Goffin in the most critical match of the Davis Cup Final at 1pm local time (12pm BST.)

The scenarios are simple. If Andy Murray wins on Sunday, Great Britain are Davis Cup champions. If he loses, then the event victors will be decided via a fifth and final rubber.

World no. 16 David Goffin, Belgum's top player, was supposed to be rested for Saturday's doubles match - in order to be ready for his reverse singles with Andy Murray on Sunday. The home hero has not lost in Davis Cup singles yet this year after his terrific comeback versus Kyle Edmund on Friday. He started shakily, but by the end of the 3-6 1-6 6-2 6-1 6-0 comeback, he was playing will all the skill and shot-making of the top 20 player that he is.

Originally, Belgium had enlisted Nadal-slayer Steve Darcis and 21-year-old Kimmer Coppejans for the doubles, but David Goffin replaced the latter as a late selection. World no. 2 Andy Murray's hard-fought 6-3 6-2 7-5 win over Ruben Bemelmans had tied the two countries at 1-1 heading into the third of a potential five rubbers, making a doubles win  crucial for the Belgians.

And the late nomination of Goffin appeared the right move. Having never played doubles together before, he and Belgian no. 2 Steve Darcis played as one, read each other wonderfully,  and – most importantly – were incredibly pumped-up. Playing against brothers in Andy and Jamie Murray who had already won some stunning doubles ties this tournament, and who knew each other like the back of their own hands, they did admirably to get break point opportunities at 4-4 in the first set. But critically, they could not capitalise, and the Murrays pounced on this relent, breaking in the ensuing game for a 6-4 first set.

Learning from their mistakes, the Belgian pair continued their aggression, speedy court coverage and daring returns to take a 6-4 second set - but those missed break points spelled their doom. What could have been a 2-0 lead in sets instead allowed the opposition breathing space at 1-1, and an early 3-1 lead in set three was immediately cut back by the fearless onslaught of the Britons.

Despite an air of unpredictability surrounding the clash, some stunning points from both sides of the net, a roaring home crowd and many dramatic incidents, Steve Darcis and David Goffin were unable to sustain their form after their opponents stepped it up in the third set - which contained five breaks of serve. With the vital 6-3 set putting the Brits six games away from victory, the road back into the match appeared long and arduous for the home team. Their intensity and consistency began to drop at the end of set four, while Andy's occasional shouldering of brother Jamie relented as his brother's confidence translated into a solid game.

The Brits triumphed 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-2. And although they celebrated respectfully before the Belgian crowds, and stressed that they were far away from tournament victory, in their hearts they surely know the immensity of the situation.

Great Britain head into the final day of the 2015 Davis Cup with a 2-1 advantage. And Andy Murray – by far the most experienced and highest ranked man in the tie – is up next.

Murray leads David Goffin in their head-to-head 2-0. A 6-1 6-4 7-5 Wimbledon win in 2014 preceded a 6-1 6-0 thrashing in Paris just a few weeks ago – when the two players knew what awaited them in Belgium. This reflected a nervousness from lesser-experienced Goffin, and a determination from the Scot – whose main goal of this season has been title victory at the Davis Cup. It is hard to see him falling victim to David Goffin - who has endured similarly tiring matches in Ghent, with adverse results.

Yet the world no. 16 is not without his chances. With the backing of his team and country, the 24-year-old will undoubtedly go out and give it all on Sunday. 

David Goffin has taken sets off both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer within the past few months, and his standard in the closing stages of his match with Kyle Edmund was clinically breathtaking. Even in the doubles, it was Steve Darcis who wilted more than himself.

As Andy Murray feels the weight of expectation on his shoulders, an in-form Goffin could legitimately extend this tie a little longer. The two face off on Sunday at 1pm local time (12pm BST.)

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