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Andy Murray battles through pain barrier to set up Davis Cup decider

Andy Murray. Credit: PA

Andy Murray beat Guido Pella despite an injury to send Great Britain's Davis Cup semi-final against Argentina to a deciding fifth rubber.

After more than eight hours of tennis already in this tie and on the back of a gruelling summer, it was amazing the world number two even had the energy to drag himself onto the court at Glasgow's Emirates Arena.

But, with the atmosphere having stepped up yet another notch, he did a lot more than that and raced to a 6-3 6-2 6-3 victory over an outclassed Pella.

On the face of it, it was straightforward, but Murray spent much of the third set wincing and needed an off-court injury time-out.

World number 49 Pella had been impressive in defeating Kyle Edmund on day one to give the visitors a 2-0 lead but Murray ruthlessly exploited his lack of weapons.

The victory, which took two hours and 11 minutes, meant Britain's hopes of a second successive Davis Cup final rested on the shoulders of Dan Evans.

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Murray named in Davis Cup squad to face Argentina

Murray's participation could yet depend on how he fares at the US Open. Credit: PA

Andy Murray is set to return to Great Britain's Davis Cup team for next weekend's semi-final against Argentina in Glasgow.

The world number two, who sat out the quarter-final in Serbia in July following his Wimbledon triumph, was named in a provisional five-man team alongside Kyle Edmund, Dan Evans, Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot.

Murray's participation could yet depend on how he fares at the US Open, where he eased through to the quarter-finals on Monday night with a thumping win over Grigor Dimitrov.

The Davis Cup tie begins at the Emirates Arena on September 16, only five days after the final in New York.

But, unlike the Serbia clash, Murray would not have to contend with a change of surface and, injury permitting, seems almost certain to play.

Andy Murray drawn against Lukas Rosol in US Open

Murray is in top form following wins at Wimbledon and the Olympics. Credit: PA

Andy Murray will renew an old rivalry with Lukas Rosol after drawing the Czech in the first round of the US Open.

Murray beat Rosol in a bad-tempered match at the Munich Open last year, during which the Scot told his opponent: "No-one likes you on the tour, everyone hates you."

Seeded second in New York, Murray is also placed in the same half as world number three Stan Wawrinka and could meet the Swiss in the semi-finals.

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