The Davis Cup is the most prestigious event in Tennis. Watching the top countries battle it out for the top spot is truly a thrilling experience. The month of September saw the nail biting clashes of the semi-finals. Here are the best moments from those match-ups:
1. Brothers of destruction:
When Andy and Jamie Murray walked onto the court, a lot of people did not expect much from the duo after their surprisingly early exit in the Rio Olympics. However, in an extremely exciting match that lasted four sets, the Murray brothers demolished the Argentinian side after winning two consecutive sets.
2. Del Porto magic:
In a match that would go down in the history books, Del Porto brought down Great Britain’s hopes of defending its Davis Cup title. The battle between Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Porto lasted an unbelievable 5 hours and 7 minutes, which is the longest match of both their careers. Though the British went into the clash as the favourites, del Porto battled it out till the end. Five extremely competitive sets were what it took for Argentina and del Porto to secure a spot in the finals.
3. The Croatian miracle:
Croatia did not seem to be a team that would even have the capacity to face the French giants. France has always been a formidable team in the Davis Cup and has several top tier players in their roster. Even though they lost out on Tsonga and Gael Monfils due to injuries, they were replaced with Richard Gasquet and Lucas Pouille; two more players who are ranked in the top 20. The Croatian Team showed amazing determination to overcome all odds and seal a narrow but well-earned victory.
4. Marin Cilic’s inspirational play:
Marin Cilic bulldozed Frenchman Richard Gasquet in straight sets on Sunday to send Croatia into the Davis Cup final for only the second time. The 2014 U.S. Open champion won 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 to give Croatia an unassailable 3-1 lead with one singles rubber left to play. Croatia lost that one but it made no difference; the damage had already been done- France had fallen. Croatia will be playing in the finals after a huge gap of 11 years and the credit goes to Marin Cilic.
We hope you are as pumped for the Davis Cup finals as we are. In case you missed the semi-finals, you should definitely catch up on the highlights as they are something that you should definitely not miss.