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Davis Cup success would cement Andy Murray in British history

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The arguments about who is Britain’s greatest living sportsman no doubt rage on in the locker room as well as the bars and pubs across the land. 

Mo Farah and Lewis Hamilton can lay claim to the throne after their very impressive performances this year, however, both have also had their share of bad publicity recently too. Then there are also the possibilities of Rory McIlroy, Wayne Rooney and Joe Root who have achieved some remarkable success recently.

However, Andy Murray has been carrying the hopes of British tennis by himself for nearly a decade and with a potential Davis Cup success also on the horizon it's time to consider one of the country's most under-appreciated athletes.

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The Murray vote

To reach 18 consecutive grand slam quarter-finals over 5 years, broken only recently with his shock defeat by Kevin Anderson in the US Open is a remarkable achievement.

He may have only won two majors, but in an era competing with arguably three of the greatest players of all time, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic this is still an incredible record.

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The modern sport of tennis is played at high octane levels throughout the year and the mental pressure of moving around the world to compete every other week can be particularly draining.

There were even doubts whether Murray would be able to get back to his best following major back surgery in 2013, a procedure that affected his performances well into 2014. 

But this year he has been able to reach those previously immense levels and no doubt would have added to his Grand Slam tally were Novak Djokovic not in such impeccable form for the majority of this season.

Davis Cup efforts

Murray has put his body through a gruelling test during the last two ties, playing five-set matches in the singles and doubles across three days under immense pressure.

His record this year in the Davis Cup is eight wins out of eight matches played.

While others have been commendable too, especially brother Jamie, it could almost be argued that Andy has taken us to the Davis Cup single-handedly. Or that if Dunblane was a country, it would be in the final.

GB Team ethic

Now, Murray has the chance to emulate Fred Perry again – after becoming the first British winner of Wimbledon since the great legend, he can also lift the Davis Cup for GB for the first time since 1936.

Murray takes so much pride from competing for his country, which became very obvious during London 2012 where he won gold in the singles and silver in the mixed doubles with Laura Robson.

It is a measure of Murray’s dedication to the Davis Cup this year that he could chose to miss the ATP World Tour Finals if, as expected, Belgium choose to host the final on a clay court, putting team glory in front of personal ranking points.

Britain’s greatest living sportsman? He certainly has my vote.

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