Murray needed four sets and nearly three hours yesterday to subdue Sam Querrey, who played with all the verve and tenacity that he had failed to summon up against James Ward on Friday.
But in the end, Murray’s 7-6, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 victory gave Great Britain a decisive 3-1 lead.
Murray gave a yell of joy and was immediately surrounded by his team-mates in a celebratory huddle. He told BBC, “We have a really good team spirit. I’ve known a lot of the guys for a long time. There’s pressure because you have responsibility for your team-mates but at the same time they’ve put me in a great position and have won important ties themselves”.
The timing of the tie should be perfect for Murray, who will be beginning his build-up to the European clay-court season. He said, “It’s good for me to play on the clay. Often going into the clay season I haven’t played any matches on it for 11 months. It’ll be a tough match”.
“It was a whole team effort,” said an exhausted-looking Murray after the match. The team will next travel to Italy in April for the quarter-final.