Davis Cup: Murray seals Britain’s World Group spot

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Great Britain will compete in the World Group of Davis Cup after Andy Murray’s victory against Ivan Dodig handed them an unassailable 3-1 lead over Croatia.

The world number three and reigning Wimbledon champion, who beat teenager Borna Coric in Friday’s opening singles rubber and linked up with Colin Fleming to win Saturday’s doubles clash, took just over two hours to claim a decisive 6-4 6-2 6-4 win against Dodig in Umag.

Murray’s straight sets win means the final game between Britain’s Dan Evans – who lost his previous game to Dodig – and Coric is now a dead rubber.

Captain Leon Smith’s Great Britain side will now go through to play in the Davis Cup in February and Murray is looking forward to going up against the big boys of world tennis such as Spain, Serbia and the United States.

He told EuroSport: “I thought it was a pretty good match, I gave him very few opportunities on my serve. The crowd got it into it at the end and it was tough to serve out but I got there eventually.

Murray added: “The atmosphere at the end was pretty hostile and you do not have to deal with that in the grand Slam, but you are playing for your country and you do not want to let your country down.

“I’m looking forward to playing against some of the biggest countries in the world it will be exciting and hopefully I can be part of it.”

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