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World number four Andy Murray admits he cannot wait to face Italy in their backyard as he tries to guide Great Britain to Davis Cup glory.
The Scot will now prepare on his own game before returning to face Italy in April in the quarter-finals of the competition. Murray won the deciding match on Sunday night to help GB record a historic win over the United States.
Leon Smith’s side reached the last eight for the first time in 35 years, but they will have a difficult task on their hands with Italy dangerous on their beloved clay courts.
They have a good squad at their disposal, with Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli playing as a doubles pairing. They also have world number 31 Andreas Seppi who has shown his quality in recent years.
With GB up against it, Murray has come out fighting and insists that anything is possible.
He told The Daily Record: “In many ways it will be a good challenge there.
“The crowd will be very tough. I’ve played against the Italians over there and they are very passionate. It will be a good test of character. In the last few years I haven’t played any clay court tennis for 10-and-a-half months after the French Open.
“But now I’ve played a tie against Croatia and America on clay. Then I will have the match against Italy.
“For now though I’m looking forward to spending time at home.”