Britain counting on Murrays to bring home Davis Cup

Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:18am EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will attempt to win the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years this weekend when they take on Belgium in Ghent, although if they do succeed the Scottish town of Dunblane could argue its name should be inscribed on the trophy.

World number two Andy Murray and his brother Jamie, who grew up in Dunblane, have propelled Britain through the draw, with Andy churning out vital singles wins and teaming up with his elder sibling in the doubles.

That is likely to be the scenario again at the Flanders Expo, beginning on Friday, where despite 13,000 home fans trying to cheer Belgium to their first ever Davis Cup, Britain will start favorites.

Twice grand slam champion Andy Murray is the class act of the final -- a repeat of the 1904 match when the British Isles won 5-0 with brothers Laurence and Reggie Doherty starring.

Murray's commitment to the cause this year has been immense.

The 2013 Wimbledon champion is undefeated, winning two singles against the United States in Glasgow in March.

Against France in the quarter-finals at Queen's Club, the Murrays joined forces to win the doubles with Andy winning both his singles in a 3-1 victory -- the second against Gilles Simon when he was down on both knees with fatigue.

Then came the semi-final against Australia, again in Glasgow, when the 28-year-old crushed Bernard Tomic, having won a gripping doubles five-setter with Jamie the previous day, to send Britain into the final for the first time since 1978.   Continued...

Britain's Andy Murray and captain Leon Smith (L) hold a joint news conference ahead of the Davis Cup final between Belgium and Britain at Flanders Expo hall in Ghent, Belgium, November 24, 2015.   REUTERS/Francois Lenoir