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Kyle Edmund vs Ruben Bemelmans Davis Cup Final tennis live: Fifth match competitors still unconfirmed

Abigail Johnson in News 28 Nov 2015
  • The fifth and final match of the Davis Cup final will either decide the winners, or be a 'dead rubber'
  • Great Britain head into the final day of competition with a 2-1 lead over Belgium
  • The players for the final rubber are unconfirmed, with Ruben Bemelmans vs Kyle Edmund scheduled

The second reverse singles match at this year's Davis Cup final remains something of a mystery, but Ruben Bemelmans and Kyle Edmund are currently scheduled to face off at approximately 3.30pm local time (2.30pm BST.)

Many people are looking to the Andy Murray versus David Goffin match as the official end of this Davis Cup final. After all, Murray has been working towards this goal all year, and his world no. 2 ranking carries much more big-occasion experience than 24-year-old Goffin's world no. 16. Still, in the perhaps unlikely event that David Goffin is spurred on to a dramatic victory before his home crowd, everything that has been worked for this year could come down to a fifth and final rubber. And even if Andy Murray were to clinch the win for Great Britain, a so-called 'dead-rubber' is likely to be played to round out this year's Davis Cup tournament.

As yet, it is unpredictable as to which players will be nominated for the occasion. 20-year-old Kyle Edmund and world no. 108 Ruben Bemelmans are currently scheduled to take each other on, as they were the original selections for singles action. World no. 100 Edmund was incredible as he unleashed a ferocious forehand on David Goffin on Friday, leading 6-3 6-1 before inexperience, exhaustion and a quality opposition cost him the 3-6 1-6 6-2 6-1 6-0 match. And Ruben Bemelmans was unexpected trouble for Andy Murray, riddling him with drop shots and often going blow for blow with the British no. 1 en route to a 6-3 6-2 7-5 loss.

But each team will have singles players they may desire to call up instead – especially if the match is to decide the title. 

For the Brits, it was initially suggested that world no. 156 James Ward would take the stage for this clash. His country's Davis Cup hero, Ward played a vital part in getting the country to where they are now, and has been obviously gutted to simply sit by and watch the proceedings this weekend. The former no. 89 was a dedicated presence at the event before even Andy Murray - fighting to lift his country out of the lowest stages of the competition, prior to battling side by side with Murray to take them through many rounds on the top level of the tournament. Without his stunning triumph over top 20 player John Isner in March – ending 15-13 in the fifth set – his country might not have this current opportunity at all.

Meanwhile, Belgium's no. 2 player is officially world no. 84 Steve Darcis – most famous for his upset of Rafael Nadal in the first round of Wimbledon 2013. The 31-year-old originally appeared to be their pick for a reverse singles rubber – but was not at that point scheduled to play the doubles. 

Darcis replaced Kimmer Copejans at late notice on Saturday – and despite playing a stunning match, the Belgian no. 2 began to wilt towards the end of it. Whether coach Johan van Herck will opt for a fresher player in Ruben Bemelmans is yet to be seen.

Whoever comes out to play on Sunday, there will be much to compete for: Whether that be pride for their nation, a more impressive winning scoreline, or tournament victory itself. The match will take place after the first reverse singles rubber, and will be live at approximately 3.30pm local time (2.30pm BST.)


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