Murray hoping to build on best season

Andy Murray says he is hoping to build on the best year of his career by leading Great Britain past Argentina to their second consecutive Davis Cup final.

The Scot spearheaded Team GB’s charge to Davis Cup glory last year when their defeat of Belgium in the final saw them claim victory in the competition for the first time in 79 years.

The 29-year-old is in the form of his career having already won a second Wimbledon title, a second Olympic gold medal and reached the final of the Australian and French Opens this season.

Captain Leon Smith’s team go into this weekend’s semi-final clash against Argentina at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena as favourites to progress to the final where they will face either France or Croatia.

The best-of-five tie opens with two singles rubbers today, followed by the doubles rubber on Saturday and the reverse singles on Sunday.

Murray goes into the tie having suffered the disappointment of being knocked out in the quarter-finals of the US Open by Kei Nishikori in New York last week, but the world No. 2 says he will dig deep for “one more big push” to help his side as they bid to successfully defend their title.

“I took a few days off after New York and came here and I’ve been practising since Sunday. I get a little break after I’m finished here so one more big push this weekend,” Murray said.

“At the end of last year, Davis Cup for all of us was a priority but I don’t think at the beginning of the year we expected to win the event.

“But as you get closer and closer you want to make the most of the opportunity and we want to do it again this year if possible. It’s going to be hard and I want to win all the events I can.

“It’s been the best year of my career so far and I hope I can keep it going.”

Murray is expected to partner big brother Jamie, who clinched his second Grand Slam of the season with the men’s doubles title in New York, in the doubles as he looks set to play three times in three days against Argentina.

Smith is still to decide on his second singles player with his squad in such fine form.

Kyle Edmund impressed many with a solid run to the fourth round at the US Open, while he stepped up in Murray’s absence to claim two singles matches victories in the quarter-final defeat of Serbia in the summer.

However, Dan Evans was also in good form in New York as he succumbed to eventual champion Stan Wawrinka following a five-set battle in the third round. – AFP

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