Great Britain wins bragging rights over Kazakhstan in Davis Cup dead rubber

Murray hopes that the Lawn Tennis Association will capitalise on the local interest by bringing Davis Cup matches back to Scotland long into the future.

“I’ve spoken to my mum about it,” he said. “She’s like, ‘Never would I have imagined that we would be playing Davis Cup rubbers in front of 7,500-8,000 people’. The crowd in a lot of our matches has made a big difference. They’ve been some of the best memories I’ve had on a tennis court. I’m sad that we might not get the opportunity to play here again.

“[To the fans], thanks for creating amazing memories… helping us achieve something that was really special, not just for me but the whole of British tennis. All of the players love playing here. We know it’s guaranteed to be an amazing atmosphere. Even if I’m not playing, I hope tennis will come back here for Davis Cups. There is the passion for it. We need to try and keep as many events here as we can.”

Murray was the only British player in the world’s top 200 when they won the Davis Cup seven years ago but he is now one of four players in the top 50. “I don’t know what the future holds,” he said. “But if I’m selected, I’ll definitely be involved. It’s obviously not going to be easy with the players that we have.”

Murray will be part of another emotionally charged atmosphere from Friday, when he will join forces with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for Europe in the Laver Cup at London’s O2 Arena. Federer, arguably the greatest player in tennis history, announced on Thursday that he will retire after the event.

“The opportunity to play with those guys, for the last time, will be really special,” said Murray. “I hope that Roger’s able to play. The atmosphere will be incredible.”

Following Murray’s win in the first rubber, Cameron Norrie was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by Alexander Bublik, meaning that the match went down to the final doubles, with Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski beating Bublik and Aleksandr Nedovyesov in a marathon three sets that were all decided by a tie-break.

Davis Cup, Great Britain 2 Kazakhstan 1: as it happened


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