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Long wait over for tennis squad

Murray powers Britain into Davis Cup Final

Leon SmithBritish number one Andy Murray beat Australian Bernard Tomic 7-5 6-3 6-2 to take the Great Britain team into the Davis Cup Final for the first time since 1978.

GB will play either Belgium in Belgium or Argentina in the UK. A venue is yet to be decided. If Belgium wins the matches could be played on clay.

A clearly exhausted Murray, who was alone in not bouncing with the team and the union flag for the photoshoot, said: “I’m not sure what we’ll do, the tennis season doesn’t stop and some of the guys will be playing soon. But it’s been a great weekend and we’ll enjoy it.”

Murray’s success ensured an unassailable 3-1 semi-final victory at the Emirates in Glasgow. It is also a vindication of team captain Leon Smith’s (pictured) selection and tactics.

Speaking about Andy Murray’s contribution, he said: “He’s quite good isn’t he? It’s pretty amazing watching Andy’s work over the whole weekend, he fights so hard and he’s got the quality. He executed it perfectly today.”

However, he paid tribute the entire squad, which included Andy’s brother and doubles partner Jamie.

“So many people have played their part, and the crowd were absolutely brilliant,” said Smith, “Everyone’s played a huge part, even the people who don’t get a huge amount of mentions. It would be nice to be at home for the final and we’ll fight like hell when it comes.”

 

Scottish Sports Minister Jamie Hepburn said: “Huge congratulations to the team on reaching their first Davis Cup final since 1978. Andy, Jamie, and Dan have done themselves proud and I’m sure everyone will be getting behind them for the final.

“The Emirates Arena was a fantastic venue for the event and yet another great reminder of the sporting legacy left by the Commonwealth Games last summer.”

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