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Can Andy Murray inspire the Britain to Davis Cup glory?

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The British team booked their place at the Davis Cup semi finals last week when they defeated France 3-1 at Queens Club, and their opponents will be Australia.

The semi final is scheduled to begin on September 18th 2015, and concludes on the 20th of the same month.

The winners will face either Belgium or Argentina, who are the other semi finalists, towards the end of November in the final.

Britain’s opponents were on the verge of a Davis Cup exit at the hands of Kazakhstan in their quarter final, but a heroic fight back from 2-0 down saw them come out as eventual 3-2 winners, and setting up what is already an eagerly awaited semi between two nations who revel in their rivalry among many sports.

Success in the final, should Britain get there, would see them hit a feat, which has not been reached since 1936 – when the great Fred Perry was in his prime. Strangely enough, it was Australia who they beat that year – and Andy Murray and the rest of his team will be hoping for the same once again over 80 years later.

Andy Murray will be the only top 10-ranked player to feature in any of the semi finals, and he also sees his country drafted in as the favourites to win the cup too.

Looking at the current odds, Britain are 13/8 favourites, with Australia, Argentina and Belgium all standing on odds of 3/1 as things stand – but those odds could certainly change between now and the 18th of September – with fitness and form for all players key in the build up.

Britain’s Andy Murray has already been speaking ahead of the fixture, and he was keen to press his statement that you ‘cannot win the tournament as a one-man team’:

“Having got this far, I’d obviously love to go on and win it, but Australia will be extremely difficult in September and everyone has to play their part again. As I say, you can’t win this event as a one-man team,” He continues,

“One of the great things about the Davis Cup is that when you’re struggling, you can call on the crowd to help you out.”

And the crowd will certainly be behind Murray and his teammates, with Glasgow being touted as a potential venue for the event at the cities Emirates arena.

Manchester Arena, Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre and Coventry’s Ricoh Arena are also likely to be viewed as potential venues too – with an official venue expected to be announced within the next couple of weeks.

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