Mur­ray likely to miss Davis Cup tie against Ser­bia

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The 2016 Wimbledon cham­pion Andy Mur­ray says it is ‘un­likely’ he will play in Great Bri­tain’s Davis Cup quar­ter-fi­nal against Ser­bia in Bel­grade this week.

The 29-year-old beat Mi­los Raonic in straight sets on Sun­day to win his sec­ond Wimbledon ti­tle.

A fi­nal de­ci­sion on his Davis Cup par­tic­i­pa­tion will be made after talks with cap­tain Leon Smith.

World num­ber one No­vak Djokovic, beaten in the third round at Wimbledon, has al­ready with­drawn from the Ser­bia team.

Mur­ray will travel to Bel­grade even if he does not play be­cause he feels a “re­spon­si­bil­ity” to the team.

The Scot told BBC Sport: “All the guys on the team are great. Win­ning the Davis Cup was one of the best mo­ments of my ca­reer, and the whole team’s.

“We are a team and whether I’m play­ing or not I’ll al­ways try to sup­port.”

The Lon­don 2012 Olympic gold medal­list said de­fend­ing his ti­tle in Rio next month is his next big pri­or­ity.

“The Olympics is im­por­tant to me,” he said. “I loved the two I was in­volved in and win­ning the gold medal made me re­alise how spe­cial it is.”

Mur­ray played a piv­otal role as Bri­tain won the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936 by beat­ing Bel­gium in Ghent last Novem­ber.

The Scot won all three of his matches on clay in Flan­ders, and con­trib­uted to 11 of the 12 points won by Bri­tain across the cam­paign.

In March, in his first event back fol­low­ing the birth of daugh­ter Sophia, he won three matches in three days as GB be­gan the de­fence of their ti­tle with vic­tory over Ja­pan in Birm­ing­ham.

Mur­ray beat Kei Nishikori 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 4-6 6-3 in four hours and 54 min­utes to en­sure Bri­tain will again com­pete in the World Group in 2017.

Andy Mur­ray cel­e­brates beat­ing Kevin An­der­son to reach the Wimbledon quar­ter-fi­nals for the sev­enth time.

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