Murray in top form for Great Britain

PARIS – Exhausted Andy Murray has set up a potentially epic Davis Cup semi-final against Australia by spearheading Great Britain’s 3-1 quarter-final win over France.

World No.3 Murray clinched his country’s first semi-final berth for 34 years with a 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 6-0 win over Gilles Simon, sealing the tie 3-1 after playing three days in succession at Queen’s Club in London.

The 28-year-old’s 23rd win from 25 Davis Cup singles matches secured a first victory over old rivals France since 1978 and took Britain back to the last four for the first time since 1981.

Murray, who won both singles matches and the doubles with brother Jamie, said: “It feels unbelievable to get through. I used up my last ounces of energy.

“It wasn’t looking good in the second set. I was making too many mistakes but I didn’t care how I played. I just wanted to win.

“The whole weekend has been fantastic. This team has done amazing things. We are punching above our weight.”

Britain haven’t won the Davis Cup since 1936 and their last final appearance came in 1978.

They will host Australia in the last four in September, while Belgium and Argentina meet in the other semi-final.

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