Great Britain's hold on the Davis Cup ended after semi-final defeat to Argentina
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 20/09/16 9:22am
Great Britain reached the Davis Cup last four as they defended the title they won in 2015 impressively but defeat to Argentina ended their hopes of retaining.
Kyle Edmund secured victory in the quarter-finals as Great Britain beat Serbia 3-2 in Belgrade and now the holders look on track to retain their title.
They now go on to host Argentina after the South Americans reached the semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Italy in Pesaro.
In their quest for a first Davis Cup title since 2001, France will face Croatia in the other semi-final.
It now seems such a long time ago when Andy Murray and Great Britain won the 2015 title in Ghent, a first success in the tournament since 1936.
Now GB will hope to emulate their 1930s predecessors whose triumph was the last of four in succession having also won the title in 1935, 1934 and 1933.
Since 2008 only Spain and the Czech Republic managed to successfully defend the trophy we look back at how Andy Murray and the rest of team fared.....
First Round - Japan
Captain Leon Smith named a full strength squad with world No 2 Murray making his return to the court following the birth of his daughter. The Scot enjoyed an impressive start to 2016 - reaching the Australian Open final only to run into a familiar brick wall in the shape of Novak Djokovic, who claimed the title.
The hosts and reigning champions led 2-1 heading into the final day in Birmingham before Murray got the job done when he overcame Kei Nishikori in a five-set marathon in the fourth rubber.
Murray eventually wrapped up a 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 6-3 result against world No 6 Nishikori after a lung-busting, back-and-forth struggle.
Quarter-Final - Serbia
With Murray in an observer capacity in Belgrade following his Wimbledon success, Edmund was the hero as he won both his singles rubbers to earn Britain a 3-2 victory at the Tasmajdan Stadium.
At 21, Edmund is one of the leading young players in the world and showed great maturity in taking the No 1 role in Davis Cup for the first time in only his second tie, delivering in style for his country.
The Yorkshireman did not drop a set in two matches and, although he wobbled in sight of the finish line in what proved to be the decisive rubber against Dusan Lajovic, he regained his composure and dominated on the back of 39 winners.
"You want to win for your country. When you know what is at stake - I'm so pleased that I've won," said Edmund.
Lajovic had levelled the tie with a win over James Ward before Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot defeated Nenad Zimonjic and Filip Krajinovic in the doubles and then Edmund carried Smith's team through to the semi-finals.
Semi-Final - Argentina
Glasgow was the venue for the semi-final and a sold-out arena got full value from a dramatic three days that went the full distance before Argentina eventually prevailed.
As is so often the case it was the clash of each team's top ranked player that proved pivotal and it came on day one in the opening rubber of the contest as Andy Murray clash with Juan Martin Del Potro.
A five set epic that lasted more than five hours set the tone for a weekend of drama but it was Del Potro who prevailed coming back from two-sets to one down to gain revenge for his defeat in the Rio 2016 gold medal match.
Kyle Edmund followed up against Guido Pella and he lifted home hopes by taking the first set only to see the world number 49 battle back to give Argentina a 2-0 lead in the contest.
Andy teamed up with brother Jamie to give GB hope with a four set win over Leonardo Mayer and surprise selection Del Potro.
And Murray was back out again the Sunday's first rubber to level the tie with a routine win over Pella that saw the world number two drop just eight games.
And the drama was not done there, as expected GB brought Dan Evans into the match but rather than Del Potro it was Leonardo Mayer on the other side of the court.
The world number 128 is more recognised for his doubles play but a shattered Del Potro had nothing left to give.
Evans seized his moment and took the first set before an inspired Mayer proved too strong and eventually ran out a 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 winner to end GB's hopes of retaining the trophy
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