Davis Cup Tennis 2015: Friday Scores and Results, Updated Semi-Finals Schedule

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2015

Britain's Andy Murray celebrates after winning semifinal tennis singles match of the Davis Cup againsr Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis  in Glasgow, Scotland Friday Sept. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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It's all square after two rubbers between Great Britain and Australia in the first 2015 Davis Cup semi-final.

Andy Murray comfortably beat Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 in the opening match to put GB 1-0 up, but Bernard Tomic overcame a spirited Daniel Evans 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-7(4), 6-4 to level the score.

In the other semi-final, Belgium and Argentina are currently drawing 1-1 as David Goffin saw off Federico Delbonis 7-5, 7-6(3), 6-3, before Leonardo Mayer beat Steve Darcis in an almost four-hour epic.

Here are all the results so far, the updated schedule and a closer look at Friday's action.

2015 Davis Cup Semi-Finals: Friday's Results
Andy Murray def. Thanasi Kokkinakis6-3, 6-0, 6-3
Bernard Tomic def. Daniel Evans6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (4), 6-4
David Goffin def. Federico Delbonis7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-3
Leonardo Mayer def. Steve Darcis7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-3
2015 Davis Cup Semi-Finals Remaining Schedule
MatchupDayStart (BST/ET)Fixture
GB v Australia, Rubber 3Saturday, Sept. 191 p.m./8 a.m.Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray v Samuel Groth/Lleyton Hewitt
GB v Australia, Rubber 4Sunday, Sept. 201 p.m./8 a.m.Andy Murray v Bernard Tomic
GB v Australia, Rubber 5Sunday, Sept. 20After Rubber 4Daniel Evans v Thanasi Kokkinakis
Belgium v Argentina, Rubber 3Saturday, Sept. 193 p.m./10 a.m.Rubem Bemelmans/Kimmer Copejans v Carlos Berlocq/Diego Schwartzman
Belgium v Argentina, Rubber 4Sunday, Sept. 201 p.m./8 a.m.David Goffin v Leonardo Mayer
Belgium v Argentina, Rubber 5Sunday, Sept. 20After Rubber 4Steve Darcis v Federico Delbonis

Great Britain 1-1 Australia

Murray was commanding in his performance against Kokkinakis and looked comfortable throughout.

Kokkinakis put up a valiant effort in the opening set as he saved five break points, but ultimately, the Scot's vastly superior quality told, and the 19-year-old crumbled.

Murray's serving was simply sublime, and he won a staggering 93 per cent of points on his first serve, according to the tournament's official website. BBC Sport's Russell Fuller remarked on Murray's outstanding performance and highlighted his success on his serve:

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The second set proved a complete walkover as the world No. 3 broke his opponent in the first game on the way to dropping just five points in total, while the third set was slightly more competitive but no less comfortable.

The 28-year-old's backhand was also in supreme form as he hit 17 winners using the stroke, fittingly including the match point, per the tournament's official Twitter feed:

According to BBC Sport's Piers Newbery, he said: 

It was a huge match and I'm glad I managed to put on a good performance. The crowd was excellent from first to last.

I was hitting the ball cleanly and I didn't give him any opportunities on my serve.

Representing your country is a proud moment, I love it, and I always perform my best when I'm here for my country.

Tomic was on hand to prevent Evans from doubling Great Britain's lead, though, as he overcame the 25-year-old in four sets.

ESPN's Brad Gilbert believed Evans to be a bold choice due to his ranking, but former pro Peter Fleming disagreed:

Like Kokkinakis, Evans put up a sterling effort against his more illustrious opponent in the opening set, saving five break points. However, Tomic dropped just three points on his serve in the first and after breaking Evans in the second game was firmly in control.

Tomic then broke immediately in the second set. Unlike Kokkinakis, however, Evans responded to the setback magnificently and broke back on his way to forcing a tiebreaker.

Two unforced errors from Evans kicked off the tiebreaker to put Tomic in a commanding lead, and the Englishman never recovered as he made two more to practically hand the 22-year-old a 2-0 lead in the match.

Tomic looked to be closing out the match with ease as he raced to a 5-2 lead in the third set, but Evans had other plans.

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First he made it 5-3 with a hold to love and then found himself just a game behind as he forced an error from Tomic to break the Australian. Two more incredibly comfortable holds forced a tiebreaker, and some nervy play from Tomic and an excellent drop shot winner saw Evans take the match to four sets.

Tennis journalist Simon Cambers highlighted Evans' never-say-die attitude, while the MailOnline's Stuart Fraser described the raucous scenes in Glasgow:

Roared on by the crowd, Evans put in a strong showing in the fourth set, and at 5-2, he broke back against an increasingly flagging Tomic. Evans couldn't complete his comeback, though, and Tomic held to love to secure a point for Australia.

Nevertheless, GB look in phenomenal shape in the singles after Murray's classy performance and Evans' incredible effort against Tomic. 

Kokkinakis will be far from an easy match for Evans, but if the Englishman can replicate his performance from Friday, he stands an excellent chance of claiming what could be a decisive point for Britain.

Belgium 1-1 Argentina

Despite winning in straight sets, Goffin's win over Delbonis was a hard-fought contest.

Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Associated Press

The Argentinian took all three break points he earned in the match and saved 10 from his opponent, but ultimately his inferior serve and propensity to make unforced errors saw him slip to defeat in each set.

Per the tournament's official website, Goffin won 79 per cent of points on his first serve and 59 per cent on his second and made 39 unforced errors, compared with 64 and 52 per cent, respectively, and 48 unforced for Delbonis.

Essentially, Delbonis was hardly given a chance to gain any sort of advantage, as his total of three break points demonstrates, and he didn't help himself with some loose play either.

Nevertheless, his resilience ensured the 24-year-old was made to work for his victory, pushing the Belgian to 7-5 in the first set before forcing a tiebreaker in the second, in which he made fewer errors than Goffin.

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Goffin's aggressive play and success at the net also came into play as he hit 20 forehand winners and won 12 points at the net from a possible 15, and he eventually saw out a deserved win, per former pro-turned-writer Filip Dewulf:

Mayer made hard work for himself in his match.

According to the tournament's official website, the Argentinian made 77 unforced errors across four sets, and won just two of 13 break points. Fortunately for the 28-year-old, he just edged out his opponent at the right time—in the first two sets' tiebreakers.

Nevertheless, Mayer will need to seriously tighten up his play and be far more clinical when he takes on Goffin, or it could be a very straightforward match for the Belgian on Sunday.

Saturday's double's match will be incredibly significant for both sides in deciding the semi-final.

Argentina's Carlos Berlocq and Diego Schwartzman massively outrank their Belgian opponents, and so in theory it should be fairly comfortable. However, as Evans' effort showed against Tomic, lower-ranked players can still cause serious problems, so a victory is by no means guaranteed.