ANDY HOP­ING TO BUILD ON SEA­SON

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ANDY MUR­RAY (car­i­ca­ture) 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 semi­fi­nal 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 to­mor­row and the re­v­erse sin­gles on Sun­day. Mur­ray goes into the tie hav­ing suf­fered the dis­ap­point­ment of be­ing knocked out in the quar­ter­fi­nals 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.

play Slo­vakia. Aus­tralia’s tem­per­a­men­tal No. 1 has been feud­ing with the equally trou­ble-prone Tomic, but they will unite in an at­tempt to se­cure a spot in the top-tier World Group – and take a shot at the ti­tle – next year. The play­off will mark the first time in three years that 21-year-old Kyr­gios, who re­tired from the US Open last week with a hip prob­lem, and Tomic have played in the same Davis Cup team. Kyr­gios, the world No. 15, will take on An­drej Martin in to­day’s open­ing match, while 21st-ranked Tomic takes on Jozef Ko­va­lik. Both Slo­vakian play­ers are out­side the top 100. Aus­tralian dou­bles spe­cial­ists Sam Groth and John Peers will play Martin and Igor Ze­le­nay to­mor­row, ahead of the re­v­erse sin­gles on Sun­day.

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