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Great Britain Beat Serbia in Davis Cup

Great Britain made it through to the semi-finals of the Davis Cup after a 3-2 victory over Serbia at the weekend.

Despite the absence of Wimbledon champion and talisman Andy Murray, the defending Davis Cup champions had little trouble seeing off their rivals in the hostile environment of Belgrade.

Great Britain will now face Argentina in home semi-final in September as they look to make it back-to-back titles.

Kyle Edmund who was making just his second appearance in Davis Cup play produced a magnificent display against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic, taking the match 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-5).

It was Edmund’s second victory of the tie, having beat Janko Tipsarevic on Friday to send Britain into a 1-0 lead.

After his victory Edmund said, “You want to win for your country. When you know what is at stake… I’m so pleased that I’ve won.”

Throughout his match Edmund produced some sensational shots, particularly on the forehand which brought him 27 of his 39 winners in the match. At 5-4 in the final set, the 21-year-old served for the match, but a brilliant Lajovic fightback sent the decider to a tie-break.

But Edmund was able to rally and see out the match in confident fashion, giving Great Britain a first ever World Group match victory without their number one player.

Great Britain captain Leon Smith heaps praise on Edmund after Davis Cup quarter-final success

Great Britain’s team captain Leon Smith has become used to success since taking the role on in 2010. He has overseen 14 wins from 16 matches along with bringing Great Britain their first Davis Cup title since 1936.

After Edmund’s victory Smith was quick to praise the 21-year-old who was Britain’s highest ranked player in Murray’s absence, saying: “I have seen Kyle develop a lot,” said Smith. “To get your first Davis Cup win is something, to get two in one weekend is something very special indeed.”

Now Great Britain can look forward to a huge encounter with Argentina.

With the prospect of Andy Murray being back in action, fans know they could well be in for another Davis Cup triumph.

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Davis Cup 2016 – Great Britain v Japan Review

Great Britain, led by the sensational Andy Murray, made the perfect start to the defence of their Davis Cup title with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Japan in first round at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham.

The hotly anticipated tie saw the holders and hosts sent out their star player Murray for the opening game, as the World No.2 faced the World No.87 Taro Daniel. The 28-year-old has been out of action since the start of February after the birth of his first child, but showed few signs of rust as he cruised to a 6-1 6-3 6-1 victory.

Japan levelled the scored at 1-1 later in the day as World No.6 Kei Nishikori beat Dan Evans 6-3 7-5 7-6 (7-3) in a superb contest.

On day two the Andy Murray joined forces with brother Jamie to but Britain back into the lead as they beat Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3 6-2 6-4. This win meant that if Andy Murray could overcome Kei Nishikori, Britain would make it into the quarter-finals.

Murray and Nishikori play out five-set Davis Cup thriller

Sunday’s clash between two of the world’s finest players was without doubt the best match of the tie. The packed Barclaycard Arena was buzzing with anticipation, with Union Jacks draped all over the fabulous arena.

The players, particularly Murray, were greeted by huge roars as they stepped onto the court. The Scot made a good start to the match and raced into a 3-1 lead, but Nishikori battled back to level the set at 4-4. Some stunning rallies and defensive shots from Murray proved enough to see him through the opener 7-5 as took a one set lead.Nishikori070316

These two exceptional athletes slugged out another outstanding set, the crowd were in awe of some of the shots being played. Nishikori proving his mental strength and silencing the raucous crowd as the second-set headed to a tie break; Murray came out on top to take a two-set lead.

The third set saw Japan stage a fightback, as their star player produced some classy shots to take a 5-3 lead, before seeing out the set to make it 2-1. It was a similar story in set four as Nishikori took the set 4-6 to set up a decider.

The crowd could sense that the momentum had swung away from Murray and the tension was evident on the faces of everyone. But the renowned stamina of the former Wimbledon champion came into play as three consecutive breaks saw him win the set 6-3 to send Britain into the next round.

That’s now 14 consecutive Davis Cup wins for Murray, what an astonishing record.

Murray delighted with Davis Cup win

After the match Murray said:  “The crowd helped for sure. Physically I struggled a little at the end of the third set and a little in fourth.

“I was a little bit calmer in the fifth set. I was panicking a little bit at the end of the third when I was struggling physically, I didn’t quite know what to do.

Andy Murray celebrates Davis Cup win“Last year was incredible every time I played in the Davis Cup. This team did something special and I would like to do the same again this year.

“Obviously the next match will be extremely tough and if we stick together and fight we have a chance.”

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Davis Cup 2016 Preview – Great Britain v Japan

This weekend see’s world class tennis return to the UK as Great Britain begin the defence of their Davis Cup title against Japan at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena; Friday 4th-Sunday 6th March.

Last season Britain led by the imperious form of Andy Murray stormed to their first Davis Cup victory since 1936 as they overcame Belgium in a thrilling final in Ghent to win 3-1. Murray was undefeated throughout the 2015 campaign finishing with an 11-0 record; the second best in the long history of this prestigious competition.

The World No.2 will once again be the key man for Great Britain in 2016, but the 2015 Davis Cup proved that there is strength in depth for British tennis.

Murray will line up alongside his brother Jamie Murray, Dominic Inglot and Dan Evans who has replaced the injured Kyle Edmund. It was expected that Edmund would play two singles matches but he suffered a back injury in a practice session.

Japan pose threat in Davis Cup opener

The match-up with Japan will not be a straightforward affair, with World No.6 Kei Nishikori the man leading the charge for the visitors. The 26-year-old reached the final of the US Open in 2014 and has been one of the world’s leading stars ever since.

Nishikori will face-off against Evans on the opening day, before playing Murray in a mouth-watering clash on the final day of play; this could prove to be the decisive match of the tie.

There is an intriguing doubles match-up on Saturday as Jamie Murray and Inglot face Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama.

Members of the Eventmasters will be attending this fantastic Davis Cup match-up, stayed tuned for a full review and images on Monday. Come on Great Britain!

Order of play:

Friday

Andy Murray v Taro Daniel

Dan Evans v Kei Nishikori

Saturday Doubles

Dominic Inglot & Jamie Murray v Yoshihito Nishioka & Yasutaka Uchiyama

Sunday

Andy Murray v Kei Nishikori

Dan Evans v Taro Daniel

 

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