Glasgow - Andy Murray revealed he played
through the pain barrier to help seal Great Britain's first appearance in a
Davis Cup final since 1978.
The world number three handed his side an
unassailable 3-1 lead in their World Group semi-final clash against Australia
following his 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Bernard Tomic in the first reverse
singles rubber on Sunday.
Britain's Dan Evans lost 7-5 6-4 to Thanasi
Kokkinakis in the final rubber.
Britain will now face an away trip to take
on Belgium in the final, due to played between November 27-29, after they
defeated Argentina 3-2 in the second semi-final tie.
Murray won both singles' matches and the
doubles with brother Jamie as he played on three successive days to secure a
first victory over old rivals Australia since 1978.
But the 28-year-old revealed that a back
injury sustained in training last Tuesday had been a cause for concern
throughout the tie.
"My back had been giving me a lot of
trouble this weekend and for a few days before the tie as well," Murray
"The previous issues I've had with my
back have been completely different. My back was fine during the US Open and
all through that stretch.
"I took five days off and started
practising again. On Tuesday night, once I had finished practising and had
cooled down, my back was extremely sore and it got progressively worse over the
next couple of days.
"I didn't feel it when I was playing
on the Tuesday so I don't know exactly what happened.
"Sometimes after you have played a lot
of tennis and then you do take a break the muscles and everything stiffens up
and you can have some issues."
It puts nine-times winners Britain, on the
verge of relegation to Zone Group III five years ago, a step closer to an
historic first title triumph since 1936.
Murray is now looking to become only the
fourth player ever to win the Davis Cup, Olympic gold and multiple Grand Slams.
"Obviously I'm delighted to get
through. We knew this would be difficult, Australia have so much depth and
experience but we fought extremely hard all weekend," the world number
"It has been a very tough weekend for
me physically; and mentally it's so draining as well.
"We have an opportunity to win the
event in the next match but there's so much tennis still to go.
"We still need to win three matches
and there are two or three months until the next tie and a lot can happen
between now and then.
"Belgium have a player in David Goffin
who is very close to being in the top ten in the world and they will be playing
at home on whatever surface they choose, but it will be the one they think will
give them the best chance.
"So there are no guarantees, but
reaching the final is a big achievement in itself. It hasn't been done in a
long time and everyone in the team can be very proud of that.
"It would be an incredible achievement
to win it but there's a long way to go."
It was a final Davis Cup campaign for
Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt, who is set to retire following the
Australian Open in January 2016.
"It is a great honour. I have never
shied away from it," Hewitt, tipped as the next Australian Davis Cup
captain, said of representing his country.
"Tennis is a very selfish sport and I
have always loved getting together as a group and playing for your country.
"We did everything we could have done
in this tie. We laid it on the line again so I've no regrets, but at the same
time I'm disappointed as we were so close to having the opportunity to play in
another Davis Cup final.
"I've been lucky and had the
opportunity to celebrate at the end of a winning campaign like 2003 and my
first year in 1999, but I've definitely had my fair share of gut-wrenching
losses as well.
"These boys are going to get a lot
more opportunities and they will be better players because of what happened