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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 April 2007, 11:35 GMT 12:35 UK
Davis Cup - GB v Netherlands
Birmingham, 7 April 2007



Davis Cup, Birmingham

Doubles rubber result:

J Murray/Rusedski (GB) v Haase/Wassen (Ned)

6-1 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-5)

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By Sophie Brown

Fourth set:

J Murray/Rusedski 7-6 (7-5) Haase/Wassen
After an early exchange of breaks, Britain move ahead thanks to some fine net play by Rusedski. Some inspired play from Murray takes Britain to the cusp of victory in the tie, with three match points. The first two go astray but a cute volley from Rusedski - in what could be his last Davis Cup match - clinch victory for the British.

J Murray/Rusedski 6-6 Haase/Wassen
Rusedski begins the game well but then his first serve deserts him. But he manages to hold to force the tie-break.

J Murray/Rusedski 5-6 Haase/Wassen
Haase serves two double faults but recovers well to secure the game with an ace.

J Murray/Rusedski 5-5 Haase/Wassen
Murray looks nervous, forgetting to show his opponents the new balls. But Haase must be feeling even more jittery judging by the way he blasts a straightforward drive into the net. Murray holds serve.

J Murray/Rusedski 4-5 Haase/Wassen
Haase has had a low-key fourth set so far but pops up with a couple of good volleys to help out his serving partner. The Dutch move ahead against and now Murray must hold to stave off a fifth set.

J Murray/Rusedski 4-4 Haase/Wassen
Murray makes two consecutive forehand volley errors as the pressure mounts. But the young Scot does well to gather himself as the Britons hold.

J Murray/Rusedski 3-4 Haase/Wassen
The Dutch hold serve as we move towards the business end of the set. Rusedski munches a banana during the changeover. He must be finding it hard physically at this stage after such a lack of match play in recent months. Dutch captain Jan Siemerink crouches down facing his players at changeovers. His GB counterpart John Lloyd opts to sit between his men. The three Britons just need bowler hats and copies of the Daily Telegraph and they could be three commuters on the 7.14 to Waterloo.

J Murray/Rusedski 3-3 Haase/Wassen
Andy Murray missed the first part of the match to satisfy the drug-testers. He's back watching now, though, as his big brother enjoys a love service game.

J Murray/Rusedski 2-3 Haase/Wassen
Wassen shows no ill-effects from the previous game, holding to 15. Haase finishes off the game with an emphatic smash volley at the net. The Dutch pocket of fans sound their horns in delight.

J Murray/Rusedski 2-2 Haase/Wassen
Wassen takes an eye-watering hit in a delicate place from a swerving Rusedski second serve. The British team hold to put the pressure back on the Dutch.

J Murray/Rusedski 1-2 Haase/Wassen
Once again, the Dutch fans are trying to lift the atmosphere - and their doubles team. Haase throws down some big serves as the Netherlands edge ahead in the fourth set.

J Murray/Rusedski 1-1 Haase/Wassen
With the exception of one game, Murray has looked pretty solid on his serve throughout this match and again holds comfortably.

J Murray/Rusedski 0-1 Haase/Wassen
After a break while the British pair go off court for a toilet break, the Dutch hold serve. Judging by the sudden deflation in noise and atmsophere, lots of the crowd have had the same idea as Murray and Rusedski.

"I'm not too nervous now that we're two sets to one up. Greg and Jamie look very comfortable together out there."
GB Davis Cup player Tim Henman


Third set:

J Murray/Rusedski 6-3 Haase/Wassen
Murray tests British nerves even more after cruising to 40-0, only to get pegged back. It takes five set points before the Brits finally clinch the set.

J Murray/Rusedski 5-3 Haase/Wassen
Another tense game. You'd expect Wassen in his baker's hat to be able to stand the heat and indeed it's his partner Haase who cracks in the pressure-cooker atmosphere, double-faulting at break-point down to hand the advantage to the British.

J Murray/Rusedski 4-3 Haase/Wassen
A nervy game from Rusedski but he keeps his serve together enough to hold and edge ahead in the set.

J Murray/Rusedski 3-3 Haase/Wassen
The Dutch fight back from 15-40 to deuce. But Haase then tells his partner to leave a ball that drops well in and Britain capitalise to strike right back with a break.

J Murray/Rusedski 2-3 Haase/Wassen
Inevitably, after fending off a hatful of break points, the Dutch go a break up as Murray concedes his serve for the first time in the match. Again Rusedski looks a bit fragile, volleying into the net to hand the initiative in this third set to the Netherlands.

J Murray/Rusedski 2-2 Haase/Wassen
Haase, who is now volleying better, manages to hold serve after saving four break points. Rusedski goes long with a routine smash to spurn the best opportunity. Both teams are fired up now. Will the Brits regret not taking advantage of their chances?

J Murray/Rusedski 2-1 Haase/Wassen
Murray does well to duck a Wassen forehand missile. The Scot wraps up the game with a beautifully angled volley winner. Rusedski has got into a groove on his serve now.

J Murray/Rusedski 1-1 Haase/Wassen
Wassen recovers from 15-30 down on his serve to hold.

J Murray/Rusedski 1-0 Haase/Wassen
Murray enjoys a lucky net-cord at 30-30 and goes on to hold serve.

"With Jamie's personality, he was always going to revel in this type of atmosphere."
GB Davis Cup player Tim Henman

Second set:

J Murray/Rusedski 3-6 Haase/Wassen
There's a tense moment for the Dutch at 30-30 on Wassen's serve. But two routine points later and it's one set all.

J Murray/Rusedski 3-5 Haase/Wassen
Rusedski has not played much competitive tennis in the last six months but comes up with some of his trademark huge serves to cut the deficit in this set.

J Murray/Rusedski 2-5 Haase/Wassen
Haase holds serve, cheekily feigning a missed smash as Murray's lob goes long. Their confidence in the first set looked as brittle as Delft pottery but they're clearly enjoying themselves in the second.

J Murray/Rusedski 2-4 Haase/Wassen
Murray is the only man on court not to have been broken so far. The Davis Cup rookie holds onto that achievement with a love service game, which sees Rusedski demonstrating some superb reflexes at the net.

J Murray/Rusedski 1-4 Haase/Wassen
The Dutch are in the ascendancy at the moment. Wassen holds easily.

J Murray/Rusedski 1-3 Haase/Wassen
Now it's Rusedski's turn to face danger as he goes 15-40 down. The Britons save the first break point but Haase then throws up a perfect lob that eludes Murray, who has been encroaching very close to the net in this match.

J Murray/Rusedski 1-2 Haase/Wassen
The Dutch pair high-five in delight after their best service game to date. Server Haase does not concede a point. With both sides playing well now, the crowd have got involved and there is a tremendous atmosphere in the 7,700-capacity arena.

J Murray/Rusedski 1-1 Haase/Wassen
Murray comes under pressure on his serve. A wild volley from Rusedski gives the Dutch a chance to break. But the Britons come through their first moment of danger with some great net play from both men.

J Murray/Rusedski 0-1 Haase/Wassen
Wassen, who at 30 is 10 years older than partner Haase, holds serve comfortably and there are signs that the Dutch pair are settling down after the whirlwind first set.


First set:

J Murray/Rusedski 6-1 Haase/Wassen
Murray, who has won three doubles titles so far this year, has shown little sign of nerves on his Davis Cup debut. The 21-year-old drops points on his serve but the Britons clinch the set when Rusedski smashes the ball almost out of the arena.

J Murray/Rusedski 5-1 Haase/Wassen
At last the Dutch are on the scoreboard to give their supporters something to shout about. For some reason, the British fans' cheering is more high-pitched than their Dutch counterparts.

J Murray/Rusedski 5-0 Haase/Wassen
Rusedski enjoys a love service game. Can't believe John Lloyd had any doubts about Murray and Rusedski in this rubber - they're romping through the first set.

J Murray/Rusedski 4-0 Haase/Wassen
It's not just Wassen's attire that is unusual - his service action is plain weird. It's robotically slow and jerky - they don't teach that in any manual. Haase looked impressive on Friday but his volleying looks pretty weak today. Wassen double-faults on break point - it's a nightmare start for the Dutchman.

J Murray/Rusedski 3-0 Haase/Wassen
Jamie Murray's first service game in Davis Cup competition couldn't have gone better as the Scot holds without dropping serve.

J Murray/Rusedski 2-0 Haase/Wassen
The perfect start for Team GB as they break Haase's serve thanks to some good returns from both Murray and Rusedski. Both the Brits are left-handers with Rusedski playing in the deuce court.

J Murray/Rusedski 1-0 Haase/Wassen
Rusedski, playing what seems likely to be his last Davis Cup tie, serves first and holds to 30. Both British players are on their toes and look very up for this match.


1313 BST: The players are warming up. Rogier Wassen, who is wearing funny old-fashioned shorts, black socks and a cap that looks too small, is the Dutch number one in doubles.

1305 BST: The teams come out. The British trio of captain John Lloyd and doubles team Rusedski and Murray get a great ovation. The Dutch support is also strong.

1250 BST: There's a rather tame version of Queen anthem We Will Rock You blaring out - it finishes and gets a very British polite round of applause. "Are you ready for some tennis?" yells the MC.

1245 BST: The laser show has begun as the 7,700-capacity arena fills up.

1240 BST: While the crowd awaits the teams, there are some potential British Davis Cup stars of the future showing their skills on court at the NEC.

The current mob aren't doing too badly after taking a 2-0 lead on Friday without even dropping a set.

A win in the doubles rubber will secure victory in the overall tie.

1230 BST: GB captain John Lloyd has decided to keep faith with his original selection in the doubles so Greg Rusedski and Jamie Murray will play.

Dutch captain Jan Siemerink has brought in Robin Haase to replace his original choice of Igor Sijsling.

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