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Summary

  1. Andy and Jamie Murray beat Sam Groth and Lleyton Hewitt
  2. Britain win 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-4
  3. GB lead best-of-five tie 2-1 after two days
  4. Britain aiming to reach first final since 1978

Live Reporting

By James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

And with that, we say goodbye. Join us tomorrow for the reverse singles - we'll be up and running from 11:45. See you then.

Belgium v Argentina latest

With Britain taking one step towards the final, who might they play? The other semi-final between Belgium and Argentina is taking place right now in Brussels.

The first day finished 1-1 but it's Argentina who are ahead in the doubles rubber, with Leonardo Mayer and Carlos Berlocq leading Steve Darcis and Ruben Bemelmans 6-2 7-6.

If Argentina win the tie, and Britain beat Australia, it would be a home final for the Brits.

Watch the winning moment

After almost four hours of intense battle... here's how the match was won.

Great Britain beat Australia in Davis Cup doubles

And let's add to that, this tie is not over yet. Andy Murray will be at a significant disadvantage tomorrow having been through the wringer in this five-set epic, and his match against (probably) Bernard Tomic is no formality...

We must say, full credit to the Australian pair of Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth, who were absolutely superb. Hewitt showed why he has earned a reputation as one of the grittiest battlers in tennis history, while Sam Groth was probably the best player on the court for the first set and a half. He just got a little tight at the end...

Sam Groth and Lleyton Hewitt
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Andrew Castle

BBC tennis commentator on BBC Two

"I will be amazed if we don't get to the final now."

John Lloyd

Former British number one on BBC Two

"The momentum kept going up and down but in the end Sam Groth became a bit tight at the crucial moments. Andy will get a lot of the credit but we must praise Jamie for the way he came through some tense moments."

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David Thompson: Never thought you could top Murray's Wimbledon win but that was THE best tennis match I have ever witnessed.

Liz Henwood: And breathe. What. A. Match. Well done Andy & Jamie! Just need one win from two matches tomorrow & we're in the final!

Player reaction

Andy Murray on BBC Two: "It was an incredible match, to come back from the disappointment of losing the fourth set. We kept creating chances, we stuck together like brothers should and managed to come up with enough good returns. We had to keep the energy up at the beginning of the fifth set - it was important for us to get a good start."

Jamie Murray: "We let it slip a bit but we kept fighting and got right back on it. It was so good, it was so noisy, it was magic. Scottish people don't get the chance to see Andy play very much and when they do they let him know it."

Jamie Murray and Andy Murray
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Neil Halliwell: When 500 miles comes on after that display of tennis. Actual goosebumps. Incredible.

Rosie: Come on boys!! Amazing match by Jamie and Andy Murray! Bring on tomorrow!

John Lloyd

Former British number one on BBC Two

"Andy Murray will enjoy it for an hour and then his mind will be on the business tomorrow. He deserves an hour to enjoy this!"

A little smile and fist-bump between the brothers as they slump exhausted on the bench. Glasgow is absolutely bouncing...

Britain win

Murray/Murray 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 6-4 Groth/Hewitt

And Groth prods a volley over the baseline! It's all over! The Murrays have won an absolutely epic match, and Great Britain are one win away from a first Davis Cup final since 1978. Cue the Proclaimers...

Andy Murray and Jamie Murray fans at the Davis Cup
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A return flashes right onto the sideline from Andy Murray! Two match points....

*Murray/Murray 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 5-4 Groth/Hewitt

Groth's decision-making lets him down as he leaves a return from Jamie Murray that drifts in. Lleyton Hewitt needs to help his man out here, and he does just that with a great volley on the next point. But then Andy intervenes at the net and pokes a volley between the Aussies. 15-30....

Andrew Castle

BBC tennis commentator on BBC Two

"A win here puts Great Britain in the driving seat. Despite tiredness from this match, you would expect Murray to find enough adrenaline to beat Tomic and with it the tie."

Murray/Murray 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 5-4 Groth/Hewitt*

No sign of nerves from the Murrays - an absolute tracer bullet of a return from Groth gives Australia a half-chance at 40-30, but Hewitt nets on the next point. Groth - who hasn't held up too well under pressure in this match - will serve to keep Australia in it.

*Murray/Murray 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 4-4 Groth/Hewitt

The Aussies are taking longer to finish the job than Michelangelo redoing the Sistine Chapel. This court is so slow that the overheads just won't die and the Brits are getting everything back with defensive lobs. Well, almost everything - Groth finally polishes off an overhead at the 13th time of asking. Another good hold from the wily Hewitt.

Chillin'

Wally Masur
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The most relaxed man in the house? Why, it's Australia captain Wally Masur, of course.

Murray/Murray 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 4-3 Groth/Hewitt*

Strong stuff from Jamie Murray - after the madness of that last game, that's just what the doctor ordered for Britain. A convincing hold to 15, pressure back on the Aussies.

Leon Smith
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GB Davis Cup team captain Leon Smith

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Rachel Pollock: Wow this double match is insane.

Keith: I just shouted "out" at the TV - no fingernails left!

*Murray/Murray 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 3-3 Groth/Hewitt

Oh that is magnificent from Jamie Murray - he scoops a superb lob over the stranded Aussies and lands it right in the corner. Break point number four. Denied again! Huge serve from Groth gets him out another hole. And then Groth finds a magnificent half-volley. Can he serve out? Yes, Hewitt finishes the deal at net. Brilliant from Groth, incredible guts.

Thanasi Kokkinakis
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*Murray/Murray 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 3-2 Groth/Hewitt

A couple of poor volleys from Groth and Australia are in trouble again at 15-30. Jamie Murray zips a return down at Groth's bootlaces and he nets again! Two break points - it's panic stations for the big Aussie, who desperately mouths 'I can't hold' at his partner. Big serve from Groth gets one away, and then on the next point the Aussies get a huge let-off - a brilliant lob from Jamie Murray look to have won the point, but he cuts the volley too fine. Groth's gremlins are back though - he puts a drive volley wide - but then he comes up with a big serve. Groth then follows a serve in and his volley is good enough this time - Andy Murray can't get it back. But Groth sends a volley long and we're back at deuce...

Aussies fightback

Just when you think Great Britain had it sown up, Australia come back to take the match into a final-set showdown. Here's the crucial tie-break decider...

Australia win tie-break to take the match to the final set

John Lloyd

Former British number one on BBC Two

"This match is one point here and there, a lack of concentration for a moment and the momentum changes again. There is nothing more exciting than five sets in Davis Cup doubles when it gets close like this."

Australia break

Murray/Murray 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 3-2 Groth/Hewitt*

A lucky net cord skips over the outstretched racket of Jamie Murray to help the Aussies open up 15-30, and then a perfectly executed lob from Hewitt sets the point and Groth kills it off at the second time of asking. Two break points, and at the first time of asking, Groth whips a forehand right onto the baseline. Double fist-pump from the big fella, veins bulging, eyes popping! Australia hanging on to this match like a terrier hanging onto a string of sausages.

Sam Groth and Lleyton Hewitt
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*Murray/Murray 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 3-1 Groth/Hewitt

This is a must-hold game for Lleyton Hewitt - but the Aussie veteran is tough as teak. He even calls off his 6ft 5in partner on the overhead and nails the smash himself. Australia on the board in this fifth set, plenty of fight left in this old dog.

Andrew Castle

BBC tennis commentator on BBC Two

"Huge credit to the Murrays to come out after the disappointment of losing that fourth set to break the fastest server in the world and then hold serve to love."

Murray/Murray 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 3-0 Groth/Hewitt*

We're now onto the third rugby match of the day in the time they've taken to conclude this five-set epic. But I think you know where the value for money is, don't you? We've had an absolute rollercoaster of a match, but it's Britain who are on the right side of the momentum at the moment - a love hold from Jamie puts them halfway to this final set.

*Murray/Murray 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 2-0 Groth/Hewitt

Groth's nerves have returned bigtime - a horrid volley and then a double fault and suddenly Britain have three break points. And Groth dumps a volley on the first one! Britain in charge in the decider!

Sam Groth
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Dan Alsop: Forget the football, the rugby and the F1 - the Davis Cup doubles has been awesome. Can't look away!

Murray/Murray 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 1-0 Groth/Hewitt*

Not gonna lie, we missed that entire game because BBC Two were too slow switching over from Coast. Andy Murray held serve though.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport in Glasgow

"For a moment there it looked as though the fist-pumping Hewitt was heading off court and into central Glasgow to celebrate. Even for the Davis Cup, this doubles has been a nerve-jangling spectacular for all concerned. It's now a huge test of nerve, with all four players having dips and surges of form."

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Australia win fourth set

Murray/Murray 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 (6-8) Groth/Hewitt

Murray brothers
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Now set point for Australia... Andy on serve. Into the net goes the first one, and then Hewitt's backhand is hit into the net by both Murrays on the second.

Groth lets out a roar of delight. What an incredible piece of escapology from this Aussie team - they looked down and out but they have clawed their way back into it and now it's a one-set shoot out!

Murray/Murray 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-6 (6-7) Groth/Hewitt

Jamie Murray puts the return wide. Set point Australia.

Match point saved

Murray/Murray 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-6 (6-6) Groth/Hewitt

Match point for Britain on Hewitt's serve, with Andy on return... first serve goes into the net... Groth leaps across to intercept Murray's return and Australia save match point on second serve.