On the final day of Andy Murray’s busiest and most consistent season his nimble and valiant skill led toa blissful end for Britain in David's cup after 79 years. He took nearly three hours to beat Belgium’s best player, David Goffin, to get there, although it was not as straightforward as the 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 scoreline might suggest. He could not care a jot. He had done his duty, as everyone knew he would.
Kyle Edmund had played a tangential role on debut, perhaps sowing doubt in Goffin’s mind by taking the first two sets in the first rubber of the tie on Friday. Murray dismissed Ruben Bemelmens, then his brother, Jamie, overcame the jitters topartner him to victory inn the doubles – and, as was almost preordained, it all came down to Andy. It always does. As long as he plays, it always will.
He is only the third player since John McEnroe in 1982 and Mats Wilander the following year to win eight Davis Cup singles in a calendar year. He is also only the fourth player to win 11 rubbers, having taken three doubles points with Jamie, since the world group began in 1981.
The sport and the event have changed dramatically since Fred Perry and Bunny Austin combined to subdue a talented Australian team in the 1936 final at decorous Wimbledon.