Davis Cup: Andy Murray looking forward to taking on the best tennis nations
Last Updated: 17/09/13 11:34am
Andy Murray: Ready to take on some of the biggest countries in the world
Andy Murray is relishing the opportunity of taking on the very best after helping Britain back among the elite of world tennis for the first time since 2008.
The Wimbledon and Olympic champion defeated Croatia's Ivan Dodig 6-4 6-2 6-4 in the fourth playoff rubber at Umag on Sunday to hand Britain an unassailable 3-1 lead.
"I'm looking forward to it, it'll be interesting. We get to play against some of the biggest countries in the world against top teams and top players."
Andy Murray on Davis Cup promotion
Dodig, who beat Dan Evans in straight sets on Friday, put up some resistance early on but tired badly in the second set and Murray coasted away to clinch the win.
Now the world No 3 is looking forward to the prospect of facing the world's best tennis nations next year.
"It'll be interesting to get to play some of the biggest countries in the world hopefully - against the top teams and top players," he said.
"I'm looking forward to it, it'll be interesting. We get to play against some of the biggest countries in the world against top teams and top players.
"It's exciting for all of the guys and hopefully I'll be a part of it next year."
Although the Scot was largely in imperious form throughout against world No 35 Dodig, he admitted feeling nervous towards the end.
"I wanted to try and finish the tie, it was a big match for us, we wanted to try and get back into the World Group, the guys have had some big wins this year and I didn't want to let the team down," said the 26-year-old.
"I've dealt with enough pressure around Wimbledon time and those sorts of matches to know how to get through it and how to conquer the nerves and fears that you have before you go out on the court.
"I'm glad I managed to finish it off because he fought extremely hard and nearly got back into it at the end."
Meanwhile, captain Leon Smith heaped praise on Murray's display and is excited about leading the side at the highest level next year.
"It's amazing," he said. "I think Andy put out an incredible performance and my voice has gone from shouting.
"The win in April (against Russia) set us up for this one. We can't forget about that because it was a huge, huge win for us. It was a team effort.
"It certainly helps when you have travelling support like this. I think it's the biggest one we've had for an away tie. Everybody's played a great part in this."
Murray's win ensured Dan Evans' match against 16-year-old Borna Coric became a dead rubber.