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Murray and Fleming edge GB closer to Davis Cup semis

April 5, 2014 20:06 pm

Andy Murray and Colin Fleming put Great Britain on the verge of their first Davis Cup semi-final in 33 years with a battling men's doubles victory in Naples.

The pair survived a fightback from home hopes Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli to secure a 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 victory in three hours, putting Great Britain 2-1 up in the tie.

And captain Leon Smith will now be hoping world number eight Murray can beat world number 13 Fognini in Sunday's singles rubber, with James Ward taking on Andreas Seppi in the other tie.

"It should be a tough match," said Murray, who beat Fognini in their last encounter, on clay at the Monte Carlo Masters five years,

"Fabio has played really well this year, especially on clay, but hopefully I can play a good match and finish the tie."

However, the Olympic and Wimbledon champion was far happy with the condition of the court, labelling it 'not good enough'.

He added: "If this was on the ATP Tour they would not be using this court. That is something we will talk about after the tie because the last thing you want is for people to be injured."

Fleming paid tribute to Murray's contribution but refused to get carried away, with Sunday's decisive rubbers to come.

"We'll find out at the end of the tie if this has been a crucial win, but it's given us the momentum going into Sunday and we couldn't be happier about that," he said.

Should Great Britain win they will face Switzerland or Kazakhstan in the semi-finals, with Kazakhstan heading into the concluding singles 2-1 ahead after Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov stunned Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer in a five-set thriller.

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