In one the most sensational matches in the history of the tournament, Belgium defeated Great Britain by three games to two to enter the European final of the Davis Cup competition.
In one the most sensational matches in the history of the tournament, Belgium defeated Great Britain by three games to two to enter the European final of the Davis Cup competition. Played at the Royal Leopold Club, Brussels, the tournament was packed with excitement from the start, and, in the first two singles matches, David (B.B.) defeated Washer 5-7, 6-3, 8-6, 6-4 while Wilson lost to Brichant 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 to make the score one-all. Then Great Britain won the doubles match and entered the second day of the tournament needing only one further victory to win through to the final. The stage was set for a brilliant British victory, or a sensational Belgian can-back - and it proved to be the latter. In the first match, Bobby Wilson snatches a 6-3 lead but then went down 4-6, 4-6, 0-6 to Phillippe Washer after a game lasting 85 minutes. Then came a match that had the capacity crowd roaring with excitement. Mike Davies, 21 year-old Welsham from Swanson, faced Belgium's 27 year-old Jacques Brichant with the score standing at 2-2. In a two-hour-twenty-minute thriller, the crowd saw Davis take a dramatic 6-1, 6-4 lead only to lose the next three sets and the match 3-6, 4-6, 2-6.
Davies was near physical exhaustion, crushed morally by three bad line decisions at critical points and at holding his head at the end of the match. Belgium will now meet Italy in the European final.