Glasgow - Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt
says the pressure is all on Andy Murray as he attempts to lead his Great
Britain side to Davis Cup glory.
Murray suffered the disappointment of being
knocked out in the fourth round of the US Open by Kevin Anderson in New York
last week - his earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in five years.
The 28-year-old is now concentrating on
leading Team GB into the Davis Cup final for the first time since 1978 as they
prepare to face Australia in their semi-final clash at the Emirates Arena in
The best-of-five tie opens with two singles
rubbers on Friday, followed by the doubles rubber on Saturday and the reverse
singles on Sunday.
Murray played three tough matches in three
days in GB's win over France in the quarter-finals in July - including a
doubles win with older brother Jamie - and Hewitt says the weight of
expectation will be on the Scot again this time round.
"A lot of the pressure is obviously on
Andy," said Hewitt, who won the competition with Australia in 1999 and
"Whoever gets the opportunity to face
him on day one really has nothing to lose, you can go out free swinging and
play your game."
The 34-year-old, who is set to retire after
the Australian Open at the start of 2016, added: "I think Andy pretty much
has got to win that match in a lot of ways so it's going to be a bigger rubber
for them, I think, and these young boys are big match players as well.
"We're going to try and come up with
the best team play to win three out of the five matches."
However, two-time major winner Murray was
adamant that Great Britain's Davis Cup squad was not a one-man team.
"I wouldn't say it's all on me. We got
into this position by everyone in the team playing their part," Murray
"I think there's pressure on
everybody. It's Lleyton's last chance to win the Davis Cup and he'll be feeling
pressure as well and all the players in their team will be feeling the same
"The pressure is on us as well because
everyone views this as a good opportunity, so we can point fingers at one
another and say there is pressure for certain individuals and none on the
others but they'll be feeling the pressure as well and we'll see who handles it
better over the weekend."
The 28-year-old, who will be cheered on by
a passionate home support in Scotland, added that he had played some of the
best tennis of his career in the competition.
"When I am competing for my country I
have played some of the best tennis of my life. So, I obviously enjoy it and it
inspires me," Murray said. "Obviously I didn't play as well as I
would have liked in New York but hopefully I can turn it around here."
It is Great Britain's first semi-final for
34 years, and the nine-time champions are now the favourites to win the event
for the first time since 1936.
Captain Leon Smith is still to decide on
his second singles player with James Ward, Kyle Edmund and late call up Dan
Evans vying for the spot.
Australia, led by captain Wally Masur, have
had their own selection problems after Nick Kyrgios, the second-highest ranked
Australian, was left out of the squad by mutual agreement.
Bernard Tomic and Thanasi Kokkinakis are
the highest-ranked singles players for the 28-time winners, with Hewitt and Sam
Groth likely to play doubles.
The winners will play either Argentina or
Belgium in the final.