Andy Murray Wins Davis Cup to Secure Britain’s World Group

Andy Murray was hailed as “amazing” after leading Great Britain back into the Davis Cup big time in hostile Croatia.

And the Wimbledon champion immediately pledged to play every match in the World Cup Group next year.

The world No 3 admitted he suffered nerves before beating Croatia’s Ivan Dodig to secure his team’s return to the top flight for the first time since 2008.

Murray, who also won the doubles with Colin Fleming, is now unbeaten in 16 consecutive Davis Cup singles matches since losing on his debut eight years ago. Dan Evans then wrapped up the 4-1 win on the clay of Umag by also beating Mate Pavic in straight sets.

Speaking about the British No 1’s performance, team Captain Leon Smith said: “It’s amazing. I think Andy put out an incredible performance and my voice has gone from shouting.

“Andy is such a good player and so experienced. I did not have to say much, so it was more putting an ice towel round his neck.”

Murray, who was suffering from a sore back, beat world No 35 Dodig 6-4 6-2 6-4 in two hours and 21 minutes.

The match ended controversially when a Dodig forehand looked to have caught the line but the call was over-ruled after Murray pointed out a mark in the clay. The Croatian crowd booed vociferously as the Scot won the resulting match point before celebrating on court with his team-mates.

Murray, who was playing his first Davis Cup tie for two years, admitted: “I was nervous. 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.

“It got pretty hostile towards the end. It was good to go through in that kind of atmosphere. You don’t see that much in Grand Slam matches, and it is good for character-building.

“The thing is, when the crowds get like that you have to tell yourself it’s because they are frustrated that their team is losing. I managed to stay cool at the end.”

Captain Smith, who has won seven of his eight ties since his appointment in 2010, said: “Actually I quite liked the way it ended with that point. I think that’ll set us up as a good experience for next year which might bring us some of those atmosphere in crowds.”

It is 27 years since Britain last won a match in the World Group – and five years since they last played a match in the top flight.

“If I’m fit and healthy, I will be there to play,” Murray said. “A couple of years ago that wasn’t the case when I sat down with Leon Smith.

“I wanted the younger guys to step up and experience it. There was no use us being in the World Group because we weren’t ready for it.

“But now I think we are ready to do well. We have a top doubles team. Dan (Evans) and James (Ward) will continue to improve and we’ve got the makings of a very solid team.”

Britain will face another of the world’s top 16 nations in the first round of the World Group in February. The draw takes place on Wednesday.

“I would just like a home tie, in a big arena, against one of the top teams,” said Murray.

“We could easily draw Spain away in the first round and that would be an ugly match-up for us – very difficult to win.

“But it’s possible to go deep into the competition. Let’s enjoy this just now and wait and see the draw on Wednesday.”

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