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Andy Murray seals British return to Davis Cup tennis elite

Scot ready to play full part for Great Britain after sealing return to World Group with straight-sets win over Ivan Dodig

Andy Murray is ready to play a full role for Great Britain in the Davis Cup after sealing their spot in the elite World Group with a straight-sets win over Croatia’s Ivan Dodig today.

Murray was playing in his first Davis Cup match in two years and underlined his importance as Britain overcame Croatia 4-1 in their play-off encounter on the clay of the Stadion Stella Maris in Umag.

Despite nursing a back injury, the Scot clinched the all-important third point his team needed to ensure their berth in the elite World Group for the first time in five years after easing to a 6-4 6-2 6-4 victory over world number 35 Dodig.

Tougher tests await but the Wimbledon champion has plenty of confidence in the team captained by Leon Smith and wants to play his part, fitness permitting.

“I feel we’re ready to do well,” he told BBC radio. “We have a top doubles team.

“Dan (Evans) and James (Ward) will continue to improve, get their rankings up a little bit between now and the end of the year, and we’ve got the makings of a very solid team. If I’m fit and healthy I’ll be there to play.”

Britain held the advantage coming into today’s reverse singles after Murray and Colin Fleming won in the doubles 24 hours earlier against Dodig and Mate Pavic.

There were slight worries over Murray’s back injury but he dispelled any doubts with a clinical performance against Dodig.

With the world number three at the forefront of his team’s charge, few countries will relish the prospect of facing Britain.

Murray’s success in the first match of the reverse singles ensured that the fifth tie, initially slated to be Evans against 16-year-old Borna Coric, was a dead rubber.

However, world number 149 Evans put the gloss on the scoreline with a professional 6-4 7-6 (7/4) win over late replacement Pavic to finish a memorable week for Britain in style.


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