Andy Murray led Great Britain to their first Davis Cup win in 79 years after the world number two beat Belgium’s David Goffin to clinch the decisive point in Ghent.
Murray won 6-3 7-5 6-3 to give the visitors an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie, during Britain’s first successful campaign since 1936.
The two-time Grand Slam champion claimed a regulation straight-set win in very irregular circumstances, completing a Herculean year-long effort.
Britain have now won the team title 10 times, while Murray adds the Davis Cup to his other major titles at Wimbledon, the US Open and the Olympic Games.
Belgian representative, Goffin gave everything and extended Murray to two hours and 54 minutes, but there was no stopping the 28-year old, who was mobbed by his team-mates after landing the title with a brilliant lob and falling back on the clay.
After the game, the very emotional Murray said: “I just can’t believe we did it.
“I play some of my best tennis when I’m playing for my country.
“We have to enjoy this because we may never get the opportunity again.”
Murray’s elder brother, Jamie Murray, who partnered him to victory said: “It’s by far the biggest achievement of my career. I’ve had an amazing season and this is an unbelievable way to cap it off.”
With this victory, Andy Murray became the first player to win eight live singles rubbers in a Davis Cup year since the introduction of the World Group in 1981.