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Murray: GB not one-man team

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Andy Murray has dismissed suggestions that Great Britain are a one-man team, ahead of the Davis Cup final against Belgium.

Great Britain captain Leon Smith has released his four-man line-up, which will see Murray joined by older brother Jamie, Kyle Edmund and James Ward, with Dominic Inglot dropping out of the team.   

Andy Murray is scheduled to play in three of four Davis Cup matches and will make his first appearance in the second singles match against Ruben Bemelmans on Friday.

If Murray wins both of his singles matches, then he will become just the third player after John McEnroe and Mats Wilander to win all eight Davis Cup singles matches in the same year.

The world No 2 is fully aware that captain Leon Smith will be looking for three wins from him, but has dismissed suggestions that it is a straight battle between him and Belgium.

"I think if you look at it that way, they're actually putting a lot of pressure on their own players in the other matches, to be honest," said Murray, who welcomed the inclusion of debutant Edmund.

"I'm happy to take as much pressure on my shoulders as is needed. I've been in that position, I think, a lot of times in my career. I think I will be able to deal with it OK.

"But, like I said, I also believe in all of the players in our team. Everyone, when they've been asked to, stepped up and performed extremely well in the Davis Cup.

"Kyle has a lot of weapons on the court. He has a lot of firepower out there. It's not going to be an easy match tomorrow for David. I've practiced with Kyle the last few days. He's playing extremely well.

"Yeah, I think looking at it as Belgium versus me is actually counterproductive to them, if that's the case."

Murray is due to face David Goffin on Sunday, just a few weeks after dropping just one game in a crushing win over the Belgian at the Paris Masters, but he is not familiar with his opening opponent Bemelmans.

"I don't know him extremely well, but I've watched some of his matches this year," he said. "I saw him play at the US Open a bit. I saw some of his match against Wawrinka. I watched some videos of him playing in the Davis Cup before.

"I know his game a bit, but actually I don't know the Belgian players that well because I've never played against any of them except Goffin, and I only played him one time.

"It's quite a strange situation to be in. Whoever had played the first day, I would never have practiced with them or played against them, so it doesn't change much."

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