The Great Britain Davis Cup team, captained by UK number one Andy Murray, will be facing off this weekend against Australia in their first semi-final in 34 years. Alongside Murray will be the surprise selection of Dan Evans, who has made the cut ahead of James Ward and Kyle Edmund and bee chosen as the second singles player in the tie. The doubles will be handled by Andy’s brother Jamie, himself a Wimbledon champion, partnered by Dom Inglot.
The prospect of a first final for Britain since 1978 hinges on whether they can overcome an Australia side which doesn’t boast the same level of talent they could have relied on a few years ago, the highest ranking player for the opposition will be Bernard Tomic in the singles ranked at a career-high 23rd in the world. The second singles player is Thanasi Kokkinakis, a friend of Andy Murray’s off the court, but they will be fierce rivals this weekend. The doubles pairing for Australia is veteran grand slam winner Lleyton Hewitt and Samuel Groth, who is clocked with the fastest serve in the world. They will provide a test but the British doubles team are highly ranked and should be comfortable winners.
Andy Murray has struggled of late and his early exit from the US Open will be a worry, but if he is on form he should find his two singles games fairly straightforward. If he manages to win both his matches and the doubles team follow the form book then the route to the final should be a formality. If things however do not go to plan, the pressure will be on Dan Evans to prove the confidence placed in him by coach Leon Smith is not misplaced and grab the vital wins needed to get to a final versus either Belgium or Argentina who face off in the other semi-final.
Great Britain are odds on favourites with Betway to make it to the final. Hopefully they can convert that into a 10th Davis Cup title, which would be their first in 79 years, contrasting with Australia’s record of 28 wins. The meeting itself is being staged in the 8000 capacity Emirates Arena in Glasgow, scene of Britain’s victory over USA in March’s first round. This means a return to the hard indoor courts after the previous round on the grass at Queens. The indoor arena should make for a brilliant atmosphere with a partisan Scottish crowd cheering on the Murray brothers and their teammates.