Murray leads UK’s Davis Cup final quest

Murray leads UK’s Davis Cup final quest

Andy Murray will lead Britain’s bid for a first Davis Cup win since 1936 in Belgium later this month with James Ward and Kyle Edmund in contention for the second singles spot.

The 28-year-old Scot has won all eight of his rubbers en route to Britain’s first final since 1978 – chalking up wins over the United States, France and Australia.

But his preparations for the November 27-29 final on a slow claycourt in Ghent have been hampered by his obligations to play in this week’s ATP World Tour finals on a hardcourt in London.

Team captain Leon Smith will look for Murray to bag two points from his singles matches and also possibly link up with brother Jamie to ensure the clinching point in the doubles as they did against Australia in the semi-finals.

Smith does not have to finalise his four-man line-up for more than a week, and is likely to see how Edmund and Ward perform in practice on clay at the Flanders Expo before making a decision.

Ward has been a key figure in the run to the final, claiming a vital win against John Isner during the US first-round tie.

But 20-year-old Edmund has pushed himself into contention by winning a Challenger title on clay in Buenos Aires on Sunday and is in line to make his Davis Cup debut.

Dan Evans, who also won a title on Sunday, has been left out but was a late inclusion for the semi-final against Australia so could potentially still figure.

British team:

Andy Murray, James Ward, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray, Dominic Inglot

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