Tear­ful Mur­ray puts Bri­tain into Davis Cup semi­fi­nal against Aus­tralia

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A tear­ful Andy Mur­ray cel­e­brated tak­ing Bri­tain to its first Davis Cup semi­fi­nal for more than three decades on Sun­day, seal­ing an emo­tional 3-1 vic­tory over France to line up a home se­ries against Aus­tralia.

The Aus­tralians ral­lied from 2-0 down on Fri­day to edge Kaza­khstan 3-2 on Sun­day, with Lley­ton He­witt win­ning the de­cider.

Ar­gentina will visit Bel­gium in the other semi­fi­nal, af­ter the South Amer­i­cans wrapped up a 4-1 vic­tory over Ser­bia and Bel­gium com­pleted a clean sweep with a 5-0 win over Canada.

The two se­ries will be played Sept. 18-20 for a place in the fi­nal in Novem­ber.

Mur­ray, who was play­ing less than two weeks af­ter los­ing to Roger Fed­erer in the Wim­ble­don semi­fi­nals, said: “You can’t con­trol your emo­tions. When they come they come, it was good to let it out. It’s been a tough 10 days or so.”

Mur­ray was piv­otal in all three of Bri­tain’s wins on the grass courts of the Queen’s Club, beat­ing Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga on Fri­day to level the se­ries at 1-1 be­fore part­ner­ing brother Jamie to vic­tory in Satur­day’s dou­bles.

Fa­tigue looked to have taken its toll on the world No. 3 as Gilles Si­mon led by a set and 4-2, but Mur­ray fought back to se­cure Bri­tain’s first World Group semi­fi­nal since 1981 with a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 vic­tory.

“I’ve al­ways en­joyed play­ing Davis Cup but ob­vi­ously right now we’re in the World Group play­ing against great play­ers, top teams, in big matches in fan­tas­tic at­mos­pheres,” Mur­ray said. “It’s very hard not to get up for that.”

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