Murray eyes Davis Cup progress after historic USA victory
February 3, 2014 02:55 am
Andy Murray secured a historic Davis Cup victory in San Diego to erase two embarrassing records from the British tennis history books.
Murray beat Sam Querrey 7-6, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 to claim a first victory over the USA in the event since 1935 - a run that stretches back even further than the wait he ended for a men's singles winner at Wimbledon last summer.
And it secured Great Britain a place in the quarter-finals, where they will face an away tie against Italy in April, for the first time since 1986.
"This is a massive team effort," said team captain Leon Smith, who since his 2010 appointment has masterminded Great Britain's rise through the Davis Cup rankings from the lowly status of Europe/Africa Zone Group II.
"People don't see the work off the court. We should be proud of the team spirit and what the guys have achieved here.
"I was saying to the guys during the week that we've used 11 different players over the last few years - a true team effort. It's great to have this team spirit running through."
Completing the last eight line up, the Czech Republic will host Japan, Germany travel to France and Switzerland enjoy a home tie against Kazakhstan.
And Murray likes the chances of pushing deeper into the tournament, with the Italians - likely to include world number 15 Fabio Fognini and number 31 Andreas Seppi in their team - expected to host on clay.
"This is the first time I've been involved in Davis Cup that we've had a chance of winning the competition," said Murray.
"It's good for me to play on the clay. Often going into the clay season I haven't played any matches on it for 11 months. It'll be a tough match."
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