Davis Cup coach says pressure is on Murray

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Great Britain's Davis Cup coach Leon Smith has said a heavy burden will lay on the UK's number one player Andy Murray ahead of their semi-final match against Australia on Friday.

If they beat Australia, the British team will make history as it will be the first time in modern-era that they will advance to the finals of the Davis Cup, with their last appearance being in 1976.

Having played in three of the four rubbers during their quarter-final clash against France July, Smith admitted that Murray’s contribution to the team is extremely valuable and that they will rely on him heavily if they are to make it to the final.

However, he also mentions that Murray's brother Jamie will be as equally important as he has been recording some impressive results over the past couple months.

"We're in a good position and are very fortunate to have one of the best players in the world in Andy Murray, who is definitely the strongest in the two teams," Smith told espn.co.uk.

"A lot lies on his shoulders, of course, to get points but we've also got his brother Jamie who is fresh from the US Open final and having made the Wimbledon final this year, he's playing the best tennis of his career."

With their upcoming semi-final clash being contested at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Smith said it is a good thing that they are based so close and was also grateful that they were able to have some fun when they part took in the crossbar challenge with a couple players from the Celtic Football team.

"When you've got such a big match coming up at the weekend it's good to try and do some other things just to alleviate some of the pressure and stress," the coach added. 

"We're walking distance from the Emirates where we're playing, so it was brilliant and the guys had a great time."

Apart from the Murray brothers, the Great Britain team also includes James Ward, Dom Inglot, and Kyle Edmund.