Andy Murray defeated Croatia's Ivan Dodig in three sets to send Great Britain through to the Davis Cup World Group for the first time since 2008 on Sunday.

Clinching the all important third point with a 6-4 6-2 6-4 victory, the Wimbledon champion made it three wins from three in his first Davis Cup tie for two years.

Having defeated 16-year-old Borna Coric and combined with Colin Fleming to claim a doubles victory, Murray's defeat of Dodig gave Great Britain the 3-1 lead they needed to clinch the tie in Umag.

Britain's number two, Dan Evans, went on to win his dead rubber against Mate Pavic 6-4 7-6 (7-4) to record a 4-1 overall victory.

"If I'm fit and healthy, I will be there to play," the world number three told BBC Sport.

"A couple of years ago that wasn't the case when I sat down with [captain] Leon Smith.

"I wanted the younger guys to step up and experience it. There was no use us being in the World Group because we weren't ready for it.

"But now I think we are ready to do well. We have a top doubles team.

Dan (Evans) and James (Ward) will continue to improve and we've got the makings of a very solid team." 

Murray's match against Dodig ended with some controversy after the world number 35 claimed a break point with a forehand winner, only for it to be overruled after the umpire had looked at the mark the ball had made on the clay.

The Croatian crowd were not happy with the decision and play stopped for several minutes before Murray could serve out the match.  

"I thought it was a pretty good match. I gave him very few opportunities on my serve," added Murray.

"It got pretty hostile towards the end. It was good to go through in that kind of atmosphere.

"You don't see that much in Grand Slam matches, and it is good for character-building.

"The thing is, when the crowds get like that you have to tell yourself it's because they are frustrated that their team is losing. I managed to stay cool at the end."

The draw for the first round of the World Group - which includes the world's top 16 nations - takes place on Wednesday.

"I would just like a home tie, in a big arena, against one of the top teams," said Murray.

"It is an incredibly difficult competition to win because some of the teams have so much depth. It depends on the ties and whether you are at home.

"We could easily draw Spain away in the first round and that would be an ugly match-up for us - very difficult to win.

"But it's possible to go deep into the competition. Let's enjoy this just now and wait and see the draw on Wednesday."

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