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Captain Leon Smith eager to keep GB's Davis Cup defence ablaze

By Eleanor Crooks

Leon Smith has his sights set on another Davis Cup final after Great Britain continued their remarkable run in the competition with victory over Serbia.

With Andy Murray an observer in Belgrade, Kyle Edmund was Britain's hero as the 21-year-old won both his singles rubbers to earn the defending champions a 3-2 victory.

Next up is a home tie against Argentina in September where, with Murray having already said he is planning to take part, Britain would be favourites to advance to the final.

November's victory over Belgium earned Britain a first Davis Cup title since 1936 and a repeat now looks a distinct possibility.

Captain Smith, whose impressive record improved to 14 wins from 16 matches, said: "We absolutely love the Davis Cup, they're amazing weekends. We love our home ties, we have so much fun together as a team.

"It's great to showcase our sport again, especially later in the year after our grass season has finished and we've got this huge event now. The journey keeps going and we're enjoying it as much as the first tie we had as a team together, and we just want to keep going."

A venue for the semi-final will be announced in due course but it is very likely to be Glasgow.

Argentina defeated Italy to book their place in the last four, with a key factor being the return to their team of former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who was sidelined for two years by wrist problems.

But their highest-ranked player is Federico Delbonis at 43.

Smith said: "Argentina have got good depth. Del Potro coming back is big for them, so we'll see how the rest of the summer goes for him because he's their most dangerous player.

"It's going to be difficult but we are also a very good team. We see what Kyle's done this weekend, Andy when he comes back in, Jamie (Murray) in the doubles, Dom (Inglot) in the doubles, and we've got good back-up as well when needed."

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