Murray brothers to carry load for Britain in Davis Cup

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Murray brothers Andy and Jamie are in the forefront of Britain’s attempt to bag the Davis Cup crown for the first time in 79 years when they take on Belgium in Ghent this weekend.

Andy, the world number two, and his brother Jamie pushed Britain through the draw with Andy posting pivotal singles win and then teamed up with his older brother to churn out doubles victories.

And when the battle starts at the Flanders Expo on Friday, the brothers are likely to do it all again – in front of some 13,000 home fans expected to cheer on Belgium with the hopes of winning their first ever Davis Cup title.

Andy, a two-time Grand Slam champion, won two singles matches versus the United States in Glasgow in March.

Against a resilient French team in the quarterfinals at the Queen’s Club, the brothers teamed up to win the doubles event while Andy once again posted singles wins for a 3-1 victory.

In the semifinal tussle with Australia, also held in Glasgow, Andy crushed Bernard Tomic to finalize Britain’s entry to the final round for the first time since 1978.

The Murrays arrived in Belgium on Monday with the rest of the team – this amid high security concerns after the Paris attacks.

How Andy quickly adjusts to the switch to indoor clay will be crucial for Britain, according to team captain Leon Smith.

World number three Roger Federer, who snared the trophy for the first time for Switzerland last year, meanwhile, believes Murray will decide the tie.

“Britain are the favorites, in my opinion, because they have Andy in the team,” Federer said in a previous interview.

But he was quick to warn that Belgium should not be counted out, what with world number 16 David Goffin in the lineup.

“Belgium are at home. I really like Goffin, a great player. Good attitude. I feel like he’s the kind of guy that can handle pressure,” he said.

Murray is likely to challenge Belgium number two Steve Darcis, who won the fifth rubber in the semi-final against Argentina, although captain Johan Van Herck could save him for what could be a potential title-decider in Sunday’s reverse singles.

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