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Andy Murray confident of historic Davis Cup success

Andy Murray says he is confident Britain can win the Davis Cup as he and brother Jamie prepare to play their part in a doubles contest against Belgium on Saturday.

Murray is confident of helping Britain to a first Davis Cup win since the 1930s. Credit: Reuters

With the score currently tied at 1-1, the pair will be hot favourites to give Britain the lead in Ghent on Saturday.

Should they do so, victory for the British number one over Belgium's top seed David Goffin on Sunday would hand Britain its first Davis Cup title since 1936.

Speaking before taking to the court with his brother, Murray said: "I believe in myself. I believe in me and Jamie as a doubles team, as well.

"But it's obviously going to be tough. Goffin's a top-quality player when he plays well. I'm aware that will be a very tough match to win. In the doubles, Davis Cup is always tough, never easy, just because of the way doubles is played."

The British team were almost handed an unexpected boost on Friday when debutant Kyle Edmund took a two set lead in his tie against Goffin - but the Belgian came back to secure victory.

Murray's three-set win over Ruben Bemelmans meant the scores were tied going in to the second day.


Murray: Lloyd criticism feels like 'background music'

Andy Murray has told reporters that recent criticism from David Lloyd was like "background music".

Ahead of this week's Davis Cup final, when Murray will spearhead Great Britain's team against Belgium, Lloyd accused him of not doing enough to promote the growth of tennis in Britain.

Speaking to the press today, Murray hit back at hose claims by describing them "a bit like background music. You know it's there but you're not really listening."

Djokovic beats Murray again to win Paris Masters

Novak Djokovic. Credit: PA

Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray for the 10th time in their last 11 meetings to lift the Paris Masters title once again.

A 6-2 6-4 victory for the world number one gave him his third successive trophy in Paris and earned him a 10th title of a remarkable season.

Djokovic was playing in his 14th consecutive final - a record for a single season - and now has 22 straight wins having not lost since the final in Cincinnati in August.


Andy Murray leads Great Britain into Davis Cup final

Andy Murray won all three matches against Australia. Credit: PA

Andy Murray propelled Great Britain into their first Davis Cup final for 37 years with a straight-sets win over Australian number one Bernard Tomic.

Murray produced a 7-5 6-3 6-2 triumph over the world number 23 to send Britain into an unassailable 3-1 lead and ensure they will face Belgium or Argentina in the final on November 27-29 as they seek to win the tournament for the first time since 1936.

Just as he was during Friday's demolition of Thanasi Kokkinakis, Murray was on top form as he treated about 8,000 fans at Glasgow's Emirates Arena to an outstanding array of shots.

The Olympic champion has now helped Britain to their last seven Davis Cup points - along with brother Jamie - to see off the United States, France and now the Australians.

Pennetta announces retirement straight after US Open win

Pennetta beat fellow Italian Roberta Vinci to win the US Open Credit: Reuters

Italian tennis star Flavia Pennetta has announced her retirement from professional tennis, just moments after winning the US Open.

The 33-year-old made the surprise announcement soon after beating fellow Italian and childhood friend Roberta Vinci 7-6(4) 6-2.

"Before I start this tournament one month ago I take a big decision in my life," she said, before hoisting the trophy and accepting the $3.3m winner's check.

"This is the way I would like to say goodbye to tennis. I'm really happy. Is what all the players seem to want to do, to go out with this big trophy home.

Serena beats sister Venus to keep Grand Slam dream alive

Serena and Venus battle it out in the US Open quarter final. Credit: Reuters

Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus to reach the semi-finals of the US Open - and keep her quest for a calendar Grand Slam on track.

The world number one overcame her sibling 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 to march through as she aims to become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win all four major tournaments.

Serena will now face Italian Roberta Vinci for a place in the final.

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