Andy Murray in tears as he reveals he missed gran's funeral to play in Davis Cup

Andy Murray broke down in tears after winning his Davis Cup match on Friday evening as he revealed he was forced to miss his gran’s funeral in order to play in the tournament.

Despite leading in the first set, the Scot lost a tie-breaker against Switzerland youngster Leandro Riedi and had to fight back to claim a stubborn 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 6-4 victory.

Murray looked emotional in the match, especially after losing the first set, and revealed afterwards that he had missed his grandmother Ellen’s funeral which took place on the same day.

Speaking on the court after his win, a clearly upset Murray said: ‘Today is a tough day for me, it’s actually my… sorry. It’s my gran’s funeral today… sorry.

‘And yeah, I’m sorry to my family that I’m not able. Sorry. That I’m not able to be there. But gran, that one’s for you.’

He added: ‘I spoke to my dad about it and he said, “She’d want you to play”. He said, “Make sure you win” so I did.’

Murray choked up several times during his post-match interview as the crowd at Manchester’s AO Arena cheered and applauded him, before returning to his chair and covering his head in his towel.

The veteran had to come through a very tough test against the 21-year-old Riedi to set Great Britain on their way in their match-up, though Cam Norrie was later beaten by three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka.

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