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Murray key in Davis Cup semi-final tie

WORLD No.3 Andy Murray looms as the man most likely to deny Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt a Davis Cup fairytale.

Murray will lead the Great Britain team into battle in this weekend's semi-final in Glasgow, and is heavily-favoured to win both his singles matches.

Team captain Leon Smith has yet to announce which of his squad members will play in the other singles rubber tonight, with Kyle Edmund or the out-of-form James Ward the leading candidates.

Australian captain Wally Masur has recalled world No.23 Bernard Tomic after he was left out of the quarter-final against Kazakhstan following pointed criticism of Tennis Australia at Wimbledon. If he can win one singles match, and possibly Thanasi Kokkinakis the other, the result of the tie will come down to the doubles.

Smith will no doubt send out Murray and his brother Jamie, who has excellent doubles form this year, having made the final at both Wimbledon and the US Open.

As he did against Kazakhstan, Masur will most likely play Hewitt and the big-serving Sam Groth after the pair pulled Australia out of a hole in the quarter-final.

Hewitt, who would love to have a shot at winning the Cup one more time as a player before he takes over the captaincy next year, said he was up for the challenge.

"Grothy and I teamed very well under massive pressure and got it done in July (against Kazakhstan), so we are going to be ready for the battle all weekend," the 34-year-old (pictured) said.

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