Edmund is playing the match of his life. His second serve is vunerable but he has a lot of weapons and for first two sets was drawing UEs from Goffin with ease. Good movement on clay and powerful ground strokes. He’s gone off the boil a bit in third set and is Goffin is back in the match. Still reckon it’s doubtful he has recovered enough to overcome a two set deficit,
But Edmund nearly bageled Goffin in the first set. He was leading 5:0 before Goffin clawed back 3 games. I thought he was going to beat Goffin in straight sets. Meanwhile Andy is being given a tough fight by Bemelmans; they have already broken each other but Andy has just broken him a 2nd time to lead 4:2 in the first set.
The doubles was quite a long way off plain sailing for the Murray brothers. They started off as clear favourites but Goffin (not an experienced doubles man) ably supported by Darcis kept it tense for three sets. Some amazing ding dong rallies but when the Brits broke to go ahead in the 4th set, Andy stepped up the attacking tennis and Darcis faded badly, the writing was on the wall. Andy plays Goffin tomorrow. Fingers crossed the Brits will hold the Davis Cup aloft.
Goffin was all but paralysed by nerves for the first two sets on Friday. Yesterday his lack of experience in doubles showed but he managed to control the nerves.
Luckily they will both be tired for their third rubber of the weekend but hopefully they will rise to the occasion and produced a fitting climax to this DC final. it’s quite possible it could go the distance but I’m relying on Murray to get it done in four sets – my nerves wont stand up to the tension of a deciding set.