Simon Reed

Unlucky Murray to bask in GB promotion

Simon Reed

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Andy Murray is hugely unfortunate to be playing in the best era the
sport has ever seen, but now he may at least be able to content himself with leading Great
Britain to another crucial Davis Cup win.

Britain take on Hungary this weekend with the winners of the tie set for
promotion to Europe/Africa Group I in 2012, and with Murray leading the team it
is a golden opportunity.

It has been speculated by some that Murray could find a new level as a
result of his Davis Cup exploits in the same manner as Djokovic did, but I
think the Scot is already at his optimum.

Murray continues to talk about getting even fitter and to deal with his
slightly erratic body language on court, but I don't think there is any more he
can do.

Somewhere along the line, Murray will get lucky at a Grand Slam and
secure a title that has eluded him thus far.

The danger is obviously that Murray is not able to play in a tie, as
that would be effectively curtains for Britain, but he is committed right now.

The Scot is clearly going to be disappointed after his exit in the US
Open semi-finals, but he was more gutted to have been defeated at Wimbledon and
his response was superb after that.

Murray's loss at Flushing Meadows was less heartbreaking than at SW19,
and he looks to be in terrific shape coming into this tie.

I think he will have no trouble whatsoever in coming through his two
matches comfortably, and Britain should have the tie wrapped up as a result.

It is a big fillip for coach Leon Smith that Britain finally have an
established number two to Murray, and James Ward has been performing superbly
of late.

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I would back Ward to prevail in each of his two matches also, and
Britain should win promotion as a result of a team win.

It would be a real success for Smith, who has thrived in the role of
coach and has performed very well since being appointed.

Perhaps Smith's greatest success was in persuading Murray to commit to
the team, and as a result Britain sit on the verge of sealing promotion.

Murray is the key to every success Britain has in the competition, and
with the Braehead Arena set to provide incredible support once more, it should
be a fantastic weekend.

The Scot produced a hugely impressive and very emotional performance in
the previous round, and I would not be surprised if he plays even better this
time around.

I expect a convincing victory for Britain, and it represents another
chance for Murray to show everyone once again how much playing in the
competition means to him.

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Watch Great Britain v Hungary from Friday 2:50pm LIVE on British Eurosport

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