Tennis Channel recaps the Davis Cup final, where Andy Murray led Great Britain to its first title since 1936.
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GHENT, Belgium — The term “Grand Slam” was introduced to tennis in 1938, when American Don Budge announced he would try to win the national championships of the sport’s four pre-eminent nations.
Budge’s thinking that the Big Four comprised of the United States, Australia, France and Great Britain came about for a simple reason — up until that time they were the only countries to have ever won the Davis Cup.
Little did Budge, or indeed anyone else, know then that while the intervening years would see the U.S. lift the sport’s greatest team prize 21 times, Australia 22 times and France on three occasions, the hapless Brits would not taste victory again until Sunday.
The 79-year wait ended thanks to Andy Murray completing three days of inspired work at the Flanders Expo, defeating Belgium’s David Goffin in straight sets to secure a 3-1 victory for the visiting team. Murray had crushed Ruben Bemelmans on the opening day, then paired with his brother Jamie in…