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1904 rematch: Britain sets up Davis Cup final vs Belgium

Murray wins as Britain sets up Davis Cup final against Belgium in rematch of 1904 meeting

1904 rematch: Britain sets up Davis Cup final vs Belgium

It's like 1904 all over again in the Davis Cup.

Britain and Belgium clinched 3-2 victories in the semifinals of tennis' premier team competition on Sunday to set up a rematch of their final 111 years ago -- the last time Belgium reached the title match. Britain won 5-0 that time and will be the favorite again in November courtesy of Andy Murray, who defeated Bernard Tomic of Australia in the first reverse singles to give Britain an unassailable lead. Murray earned all three points for Britain in Glasgow, Scotland, after winning both his singles matches and teaming with brother Jamie to take a tough five-setter in Saturday's doubles.

Steve Darcis put Belgium through by beating Federico Delbonis of Argentina in the fifth and decisive match in the other semifinal in Brussels.

Britain reached its first final in 37 years as Murray shrugged of a sore back to beat Tomic 7-5, 6-3, 6-2.

"I wasn't really thinking about history or anything like that, I was just concentrating on the points," Murray said. "I'm obviously delighted to get through. We knew it would be an incredibly difficult match to win, Australia have great depth and experience."

Darcis had lost his opening singles match and the doubles on Saturday as Argentina built a 2-1 lead, but finally grabbed a point with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) win in a deafening atmosphere at the Forest National.

Earlier, Belgium's No. 1 player David Goffin defeated Diego Schwartzman to draw Belgium level.

"For our small country it's pretty good. For me, it's really big. I fight and I fight and this time I had the win," Darcis said. "David Goffin played great, he gave me the chance to finish the job."

The final will be played Nov. 27-29.

In the World Group playoffs, the United States, Switzerland, Germany and Italy were among the teams to clinch a spot in the top tier of the competition next year.

Roger Federer secured Switzerland's victory over the Netherlands by beating 144th-ranked Thiemo de Bakker 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 for a decisive 3-1 lead. The Americans will be back in the World Group for the 27th year in a row after Jack Sock beat Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in Tashkent.

The Czech Republic also won its playoff against India, with Jiri Vesely sealing the win with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Yuki Bhambri.

Germany beat the Dominican Republic 4-1 and Italy defeated Russia by the same score. Japan, Croatia and Slovakia will also play in the World Group next year.

Updated : 2021-09-18 03:33 GMT+08:00