Songs, instruments, chants and noisy celebrations from the crowd; your typical football stadium atmosphere. However, this was no football match, this was the Davis Cup Final, seeing Great Britain take on hosts Belgium.
But first, let us rewind back to the beginning of the tournament, to the first round of the World Group. In a repeat of their 2014 showdown in San Diego, Great Britain managed to secure a victory against the United States, with Andy Murray beating both Donald Young and John Isner, and number 156 in the world James Ward taking a surprise victory over Isner, the world number 11.
The second round took place in London, where the hosts took on France in an event that finished 3-1 in the favour of Great Britain. Murray yet again managed to win both games, dropping only one set throughout the tie. The Murray brothers also managed to pick up a point in the doubles for Great Britain, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nicolas Mahut in four sets.
Great Britain’s semi-final placed them up against Australia, with captain Wally Masur. Andy Murray once again put in a huge shift, winning both of his singles matches, and his doubles match with his brother. These wins helped Britain to a 3-2 victory, sending them in to their first final since 1978.
The Flanders Expo, Ghent. The location for the Davis Cup Final. The first match saw Kyle Edmund take on Belgium’s number one David Goffin. In what was a very heated match, the young Brit managed to take the opening two sets from Goffin, however the effort became too much, and the momentum switched in the favour of the Belgian. Edmund lost heartbreakingly by just one set, but managed to come out of the game with his head held high. Game number two was fought between Andy Murray and Ruben Bemelmans. Murray managed to beat Bemelmans in straight sets, helping to bring the tie back to level terms. The doubles match of the tie once again had Jamie and Andy Murray playing together, this time against David Goffin and Steve Darcis. The match was closely fought, heading in to four sets, but the skill of the Murray brothers proved too much, and they emerged victorious, making the score 2-1.
And then to what would become one of the most important matches in British tennis history. The best players from both teams faced off in one of the most exciting games of the tournament. Murray took an early lead in the match, winning the first set 6-3. Despite this early pressure, Goffin fought back spectacularly in the second set, taking Murray to the wire and forcing some incredible play from the Scot. It would be the next set though that would decide the match; Goffin took an early lead, breaking Murray off of the start. This did not last long however, as Murray managed to push and push against the Belgian, causing him to crumble, and after a spectacular final rally, Murray and Great Britain finished victorious, for the first time in 79 years. The final celebrations were carried out in the finest style, with awe-inducing pyrotechnics and spectacular light displays, backed by an electric crowd. The tournament truly was rounded up in the one of the best ways possible, making it a day to remember.