Emotional Murray dedicates Davis Cup win to his late grandmother as Great Britain beat Switzerland
The 36-year-old played the match on the same day as his grandmother’s funeral
An emotional Andy Murray set Great Britain on their way in Davis Cup action in Manchester on Friday as he battled past teenager Leandro Riedi in a tough three-setter, before dedicating his victory to his late grandmother, whose funeral was taking place on the same day.
The 36-year-old Murray ground down debutant Riedi 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 6-4 in three hours, 10 minutes as Britain took a 1-0 lead over Switzerland but was fighting back tears as he explained his emotions.
“It’s a tough day for me,” he said, waiting a few seconds to gather himself. “It’s actually my grandmother’s funeral today. I’m sorry to my family that I’m not able to be there. But Gran, this one’s for you.”
Stan Wawrinka levelled for Switzerland as he beat Cam Norrie 7-5, 6-4, taking the match to a deciding doubles.
In the doubles, Dan Evans and Neal Skupski clinched the tie for the Brits with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Wawrinka and Dominic Stricker.
Britain beat Australia 2-1 in their opening match earlier in the week and have now won both their ties this week.