Belgium's David Goffin heaped praise on Andy Murray and Team Great Britain following their Davis Cup triumph on Sunday.
Much of Team Belgium's hopes rested on the shoulders of Goffin – who was forced to come back from a two set deficit in the opening singles rubber against Kyle Edmund – and he was against under the spotlight in the do-or-die encounter against Murray.
While there were periods of the match where Goffin was strong, the world number two was simply too resilient for the Belgian and overcame him in straight sets.
While he was disappointed, Goffin added that helping his nation reach their first final since 1904 gave him confidence for the 2016 season.
“Of course I am very disappointed,” the 24-year-old told daviscup.com.
“But Great Britain and Andy deserved this title. They were very solid. I’m proud of my season and of our Davis Cup year. I gave everything for our country, our staff and my friends. This final was unforgettable. The crowd gave me a lot of energy.
“This weekend gave me a lot of confidence for next year. I’ve proved that I can maintain a really high level, but I am looking to improve my serve and to be more aggressive in 2016.”