Davis Cup: Guido Pella beats Kyle Edmund as Argentina extends lead over Great Britain

Argentina have now taken a 2-0 lead over defending champions Great Britain.

By: AP | Glasgow | Published:September 17, 2016 12:29 pm
davis cup, argentina, great britain, britain, britain davis cup, argentina davis cup, del potro, murray, pella edmund, tennis news, sports news Argentina’s Guido Pella celebrates after winning his match against Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund. Reuters. 

Kyle Edmund was beaten by Argentina’s Guido Pella in the as Great Britain suffered another major setback in their bid to reach the Davis cup finals. Edmund’s loss comes on the heels of world number two and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray bowing out to Juan Martin Del Potro after a five-hour epic.

Del Potro’s victory gave Argentina a 1-0 lead over the defending champions and it was this deficit that Edmund was trying to close. The Brit won the first set on tie-break but Pella retaliated and defeated Kyle Edmund 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 .Argentina has a 2-0 lead now, which means they can clinch victory with a day to spare in Glasgow if they win the doubles on Saturday.

Federico Delbonis and Leonardo Mayer are scheduled to play the Murray brothers, Andy and Jamie.Whether Andy Murray plays is open to question.

Being taken the distance against Del Potro was exactly what Murray didn’t need at the end of his long summer of tennis in which he won both the Wimbledon and Olympic titles for the second time. He looked almost out on his feet at times in an energy-sapping final set, and couldn’t handle the barrage of forehand shots by the rejuvenated Del Potro.

“I’m very proud of how I fought, I did fantastic,” Murray said. “I fought for every point, tried as best as I could.
That’s all you can do. It was very fine margins. That happens in tennis and sport sometimes. It could have gone either way.”

Del Potro gained the crucial break in the fifth set at the third opportunity, reaching Murray’s angled volley with a forehand winner down the line to go 4-3 ahead, and he served out for the match, clinching victory with an ace and a big growl.