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Edmund fires Great Britain into semi-final

Kyle Edmund

Tennis – Davis Cup: Kyle Edmund fired Great Britain into a semi-final with Argentina by winning his singles tie against Dusan Lajovic in Belgrade.

A straight sets victory 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-5) gave GB an unassailable 3-1 lead over Serbia and put them on course to defend their title.

It’s the first time they have won a World Group match without their number one player. Andy Murray chose to rest after his Wimbledon exertions. Jamie Murray won in the doubles match.

Yorkshireman Edmund, 21, had two match points at 5-4 before losing the next two games and drawing level to force a third set tie-break.

He defeated Janko Tipsarevic in the first rubber of the quarter final tie.

After securing the semi-final berth for BG, he said: “The fact I put together two good performances over the three days I am really happy with. My levels have been high and I’m delighted for the team.

“You tell yourself it’s another game but you know what’s at stake and maybe I went a bit passive but I regrouped and managed to win the tie-break.

“It’s been tough to come here and win and now we have home crowd to help us.”

Captain Leon Smith, who previously tipped Edmund to become a top ten player, said: “He’s just getting better and better.”

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