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Murray relaxed for Davis Cup

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Andy Murray sympathises with tennis fans over safety concerns but says the mood in the British camp is calm ahead of the Davis Cup final in Belgium. 

The British team had been due to fly to Brussels on Sunday before travelling to Ghent, where the tie will be held from Friday at the 13,000-capacity Flanders Expo.

With Brussels in 'shutdown' mode and some sporting events cancelled, there seemed a danger the final would not go ahead, but that appears unlikely, leaving more than 1,000 fans set to travel from Britain to decide whether they are prepared to make the journey.

Ahead of Britain's first Davis Cup final since 1978, Murray said: "I think we just listened to all of the right people. They have a fantastic security team here.

"Everyone, I think, is very comfortable in the team. It was obviously a bit concerning a few days ago. I think once we got here and got into the hotel, came to the venue and saw what it was like here, I think that made everyone a lot more comfortable.

"I think it's not for me to give people advice on security. But obviously it's a different situation in Brussels than it is here. I know a lot of fans were staying there and planning on traveling through there. Obviously listen to the right people, if you're doing that.

Getty © Provided by BSkyB Getty "But here in Ghent, everything seems fine. It's very quiet. I think it's a really nice city. I hope as many fans can travel over as possible to give us the best support.

"Obviously I understand if people make another decision because of what's been happening in Brussels."

Captain Leon Smith named a five-man squad last week, which he must reduce by one ahead of the draw on Thursday.

He had hoped to make an early decision on his second singles player between James Ward and Kyle Edmund but the change in their travel plans means he is still yet to make up his mind.

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Smith said: "We wanted to get here and actually get a feel for the venue, feel for the courts. That's why I didn't speak to the guys directly about it just yet.

"I'm going to wait and see over the next day or two, then speak to them obviously in advance of that. The most important thing is that we're here now. Our main focus, as it should be, is now making sure all the players are ready to do their very, very best at the weekend."

Whether Smith hands a debut to 20-year-old Edmund or goes with the experience of Ward, Britain's hopes rest largely on the shoulders of Murray who is looking to become only the third player ever after John McEnroe and Mats Wilander to win all eight singles games in a year.

Murray declared himself happy with the indoor clay court, although conditions have so far been very cold in the arena, which will not be the case on Friday.

Murray added: "To win the biggest team competition in tennis, having beaten the other three Grand Slam nations, I think it would be a huge victory for everyone in the team.

"It would be well deserved, as well. It's taken a lot of time and hard work from many of the players, many of the staff, coaches, physios, everyone. It's taken five years.

"I know when you win a slam or a big competition, it's years, obviously, in the works. But this is a bit different. The last five years it's been a progression from a pretty low place in world tennis to playing for the biggest team competition."

Murray, meanwhile, shrugged off accusations from former Davis Cup captain David Lloyd in an interview at the weekend that he does not do enough to promote tennis in Britain.

The world No 2 said: "It was a bit of a shame. But it's obviously not been the first time that's happened. It's a bit like background music: you know it's there but you're not really listening.

"We may not get the outcome that we want, but it won't be through lack of trying or lack of care from anyone in the team."

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