Andy Murray, Great Britain Advance to 2014 Davis Cup World Group

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIISeptember 15, 2013

UMAG, CROATIA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Andy Murray of Great Britain in action against Ivan Dodig of Croatia during day three of the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie between Croatia and Great Britain at Stadion Stella Maris on September 15, 2013 in Umag, Croatia.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Thanks to some excellent play from superstar Andy Murray, Great Britain clinched a win over Croatia in the Davis Cup World Group Play-offs in Umag on Sunday. 

The No. 3-ranked Murray rolled past Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-2, 6-4, allowing Murray's side to go up 3-1 with only one match to play. The day's final match will be between Great Britain's Dan Evans and Croatia's Borna Coric, but it will not impact the ultimate result.

According to DavisCup.com's Paul Newman, this marks Murray's 16th straight singles victory in Davis Cup play since losing to Stanislas Wawrinka eight years ago.

This triumph allows Great Britain to advance to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group competition in 2014. It has been 27 years since the nation has won a match there, per Newman, but with Murray leading the charge, that drought has a great chance of ending.

Murray has been dealing with a bit of an injury since Friday, when he implied that he was experiencing some soreness in his lower back. Apparently it's nothing major enough to prevent him from playing stellar tennis, as he gave his team an unbeatable 3-1 lead over Croatia.

After three consecutive days of matches despite a slightly precarious health situation, the 26-year-old Wimbledon champion has gone 3-0 and only dropped one set in a tiebreaker in Saturday's doubles match along the way.

The clay court surface is at least helping Murray in terms of ultimately winning results after a difficult 2013 hard-court campaign thus far.

Since winning Wimbledon, Murray has endured a slight letdown in three recent tournaments, most notably losing to Wawrinka in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.

Those disappointments can at least temporarily be brushed aside, though, because Murray dismantled Dodig and gave his nation plenty to celebrate in the process.

As Yahoo! Sports points out, per Eurosport, the hosting Croatians were at a significant disadvantage without some of their top-flight players in world No. 24 Marin Cilic and Ivo Karlovic. However, it's hard to imagine Murray would have dropped any of his three matches regardless.

The final of this year's Davis Cup World Group will see the Czech Republic facing either Serbia or Canada.


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