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.
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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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