Davis Cup: Andy Murray set to play in three matches for Great Britain against USA
Great Britain have been handed a double boost ahead of their Davis Cup clash against the United States.
Last Updated: 31/01/14 6:26am
Captain Leon Smith revealed earlier on Thursday he would leave Andy Murray to decide whether he is capable of playing three games in as many days in GB's first World Group quarter-final since 1986, and the Wimbledon champion has opted to take on the challenge.
The Scot is still feeling his way back into the rigours of the main tour after back surgery and was last week knocked out of the Australian Open at the quarter-final stage.
Yet with Britain's hopes resting largely on his shoulders, the two-time grand slam winner has been provisionally scheduled to play both singles matches as well as Saturday's doubles encounter in San Diego.
Joining Murray in the singles will be James Ward, who edged out teenager Kyle Edmund.
Smith's team have been further lifted by the United States Tennis Association announcing their big-serving world number 13 John Isner is a late withdrawal with an ankle injury.
The American number one will be replaced by world number 79 Donald Young, who will be making his Davis Cup debut, with Sam Querrey also competing in singles.
Smith will be taking nothing for granted, however, and will be keeping a close eye on Murray, who, barring a late change, will partner Colin Fleming in the doubles.
"That's the unknown, everyone who has spoken to Andy says he wants to play doubles, he wants to play all three matches and he's still the best player on the court," said Smith.
"If he's fit and healthy he plays, but we will have to see how demanding the Friday match has been and it's not until Saturday morning when he sees how his body is after the first few steps that we make a decision on it."
Smith has selected 19-year-old Edmund because of his clay-court preference - the tie will be played on red clay - and the skipper has no doubt in the his ability.
"If you asked me about his level I'd say it's there to be competitive," added Smith.
"His ranking is still low in the 300s but he's put a lot of work in for us. Whether it's him or James Ward, both of them can go out there and do a really good job for us."
Great Britain's last Davis Cup meeting with the Americans came in 1999 when Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski fell just short of a memorable win, with Rusedski losing 8-6 to Jim Courier in the deciding set of the match.
The States lead the overall battle 11-7 and have won the Davis Cup 32 times. Great Britain have lifted it on nine occasions, the last being with Fred Perry in 1936.