- Andy Murray beat Switzerland’s Leonardo Riedi 6-7 6-4 6-4 in the Davis Cup
- He broke down in tears, revealing he missed his grandmother’s funeral to play
- Murray devoted the win to her and apologised to family for not being with them
Andy Murray broke down in tears following his win for Great Britain at the Davis Cup after revealing that he had missed his grandmother’s funeral to play in the match.
The double Wimbledon champion let his emotions flow after a gruelling 6-7 6-4 6-4 victory over Switzerland’s Leonardo Riedi put GB 1-0 up with two to play in the qualifying group for November’s finals.
The subject had arisen after on court interviewer Naomi Broady drew attention to the presence of a 90 year-old lady in the crowd who was watching her first ever live tennis match.
Murray struggled to muster a reply as he told the crowd of more than 9,000 that he was missing the funeral of his paternal grandmother – Ellen, mother of his father Willie – to fulfil his commitment to the team.
He apologised for not being there and dedicated his win to her, drawing prolonged applause from Manchester’s AO Arena.
Andy Murray broke down in tears following his win for Great Britain at the Davis Cup after revealing that he had missed his grandmother’s funeral to play in the match
Murray struggled to get his words out and apologised to his family for not being at the funeral
He said: ‘Today is a tough day for me. It’s my gran’s funeral today. I’m sorry to my family that I’m not able to be there. Gran, that one’s for you.’
His match had been a difficult encounter as he tried to defuse the unpredictable power of world number 152 Riedi, who hit 52 winners, mixed in with 67 unforced errors.
Murray broke for 3-2 in the decider and just about managed to hold off his opponent to clinch the win in three hours and 10 minutes.
‘It was ridiculous the way he was returning, the match could easily have gone the other way but I kept fighting,’ he said.
Murray drew prolonged applause from the 9,000 in attendance at Manchester’s AO Arena
He battled past Switzerland’s Leonardo Riedi in gruelling fashion on Friday, winning 6-7 6-4 6-4
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