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Can Britain win the Davis Cup?

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This weekend, Andy Murray and his British team will play in the final of the Davis Cup against Belgium in Ghent. It is the first time a British team has reached the final stage of the Davis Cup since 1978, and if team GB succeed, it will be the first win since 1936.

The British team consists of Andy Murray and his brother Jamie, Kyle Edmund, James Ward and Dom Inglot, with Dan Evans included as a hitting partner. The team is currently training hard in Ghent to ensure they put on the very best performance they can.

"Tim Henman - The theory is that one-man teams don't win the Davis Cup"

Having become the first male to win Wimbledon in 2013 since Fred Perry in 1936, it is clear Murray is keen to overcome yet another challenge and claim victory at this weekend's cup final. Murray has won all six singles and both doubles matches he has played in the Davis Cup this year putting Britain within sight of a first title in 79 years.

Six-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, Tim Henman, said; "The theory is that one-man teams don't win the Davis Cup, and there have been other players who have played their part - Jamie Murray, James Ward and Leon Smith, the captain - but when you look at what Andy's done, it's been phenomenal."

Murray has spoken of a five-year effort to restore pride in the British team since their defeat to Lithuania, but this pales in significance beside the 79-year long wait for a British Davis Cup victory.

Murray said: “To win the biggest team competition in tennis, having beaten the other three Grand Slam nations, I think it would be a huge victory for everyone in the team. It would be well-deserved, as well. It's taken a lot of time and hard work from many of the players, many of the staff, coaches, physios, everyone.

“The last five years have been a progression from a pretty low place in world tennis to playing for the biggest team competition. It would be big for everyone involved, for sure.”

Despite the tennis player having a long way to go before he can match the likes of Bunny Austin's 36 Davis Cup wins or Fred Perry's 34, he has currently lost the fewest ties of any major British player, and although both defeats were on clay, he will be playing against Belgium player David Goffin, ranked No.16 in the world. An extra motivation to winning the cup is the presence of Murray's older brother Jamie, who is currently Britain's number one doubles player.

 

What do other tennis greats say?

“Considering the fact that Andy Murray is in the team, and everything he has done for Great Britain this season in the Davis Cup, it's fair to say that Great Britain is the favourite,” said Novak Djokovic, the world No 1.

“Great Britain are the favourites, in my opinion, because they have Andy in the team,” said Roger Federer. “It's nice to have someone like him in the team that can play singles, doubles, singles if he had to.”


Tim Henman, said: "I think Britain will win 3-1 but it won't be easy.


"Given the atmosphere and the environment for the match in Belgium - 90% of the support is going to be locals - I think that really will focus his mind. I'm sure he'll continue as he has done all year and carry the team and do the job out there, he added"

"Roger Federer - Great Britain are favourites, in my opinion, because they have Andy"

Famous Facts

• Great Britain's last Davis Cup final was in 1978 when they lost to the USA,
• 1936 was the last time the GB team lifted the trophy when they won to Australia.
• Belgium have only played in one previous final in 1904 against Great Britain, when they lost 5-0.
• Great Britain lead Belgium 7-4 in their previous Davis Cup ties, and 4-2 on clay.
• Andy Murray has won 25 of the 27 Davis Cup singles rubbers he has played, although his two defeats have both come on clay.
• Belgian number one David Goffin has also only lost two singles rubbers, winning 11. He has won his last 20 sets played in the competition.

Fourteen nations have won the Davis Cup with the USA leading the way with 32 titles. Great Britain will move into third place, behind Australia, in the all-time winners' list if they lift the trophy for a 10th time this weekend.

Do you think Andy Murray and team GB can win the Davis Cup this weekend? We'd love to hear your thoughts below.

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