Murray leads Great Britain into Davis Cup World Group
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Andy Murray helped Great Britain return to the elite group of the Davis Cup, as they beat Croatia 4-1. Murray said he was looking forward to being an integral part of a greatly-improved GB team.
That has not always been the case. This was Murray's first Davis Cup match for two years. His two singles and a doubles win secured a British victory, with Dan Evans also contributing with a singles win.
Murray admitted that the responsibility had made him a little nervous. “It was a big match for us,” he said. “We wanted to try and get back into the World Group. The guys have had some big wins this year and I didn't want to let the team down. I've dealt with enough pressure around Wimbledon time and those sorts of matches to know how to get through it and how to conquer the nerves and fears that you have before you go out on the court.”
Murray has been encouraged by signs that British tennis has talent beyond the world number three. "We have a top doubles team,” he said. “Dan Evans and James Ward will continue to improve, get their rankings up a little bit between now and the end of the year, and we've got the makings of a very solid team. If I'm fit and healthy, I'll be there to play."
Great Britain captain Leon Smith also highlighted the players who had battled for the team when Murray was not there to lead them. “I'm delighted, really delighted,” Smith said. “Team spirit has got us back and that makes the difference."
The intriguing question is whether Murray will remain eligible to play for Great Britain in the future. The Scottish independence referendum in a year's time could have the effect of altering Murray's nationality. That's not something anybody is quite ready to talk about just yet.