ANDY HOPING TO BUILD ON SEASON
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.