Three Grand Slam nations played, three beaten, and now Great Britain are back in the Davis Cup final for the first time in 37 years.
It is a scarcely believable achievement and owes itself above all to the extraordinary talent and resolve of Andy Murray.
On Sunday afternoon, he sent Australia packing the same way as the United States and France have been, with an imperious 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Bernard Tomic that completed a 3-1 win.
Having emulated Fred Perry by ending the country’s Grand Slam drought he has been intent on duplicating him again by leading GB to a first Davis Cup title since 1936.
In what would be one of the unlikeliest sports stories of the year, that can done if Belgium or Argentina are beaten in late November, with the two nations locked at 2-2 in their semi-final in Brussels.
‘It has been a very tough weekend for me physically and mentally,’ said Murray. ‘It’s draining and there’s a lot of emotions out there. Yesterday was incredibly tough with lots of ups and downs.
‘I’m very proud, it’s been a great weekend. It wold an incredible achievement to win the Cup but there’s s still a long way to go and there are two difficult teams left. Everyone has played their part.’
It has been a big team effort, with contributions from the likes of Jamie Murray, James Ward, Colin Fleming, Dan Evans and Dom Inglot, skilfully marshaled by Captain Leon Smith.
But one man stands above them all, and Murray put on a masterclass of clinical tennis under pressure to continually wrong-foot and outplay the world No 23.
When he hit a last service winner there was little in the way of over emotion, bar a hug with Smith, no court invasion, just a job done in sublimely professional fashion. The British game, undeserving in some ways, is extremely lucky to have him.
He walked on court to another deafening ovation, knowing that he had not lost a singles match to an Australian player since he was a teenager.


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