TENNIS: GB ‘Bouncing’ For Germany Quarter-final

Great Britain’s players are “bouncing” going into the Davis Cup quarter-final against Germany in Innsbruck on Tuesday, says captain Leon Smith.

Britain are in the last eight for the sixth time since 2014 and Smith says team spirit is vital to their success.

They are aiming to triumph for a second time under Smith after success in 2015.

We spend a lot of time together because we enjoy each other’s company. It’s been like that for a long time and long may it continue,” said the Scot.

Britain reached the last eight at this year’s Davis Cup Finals – which featured 18 nations playing their group ties in Innsbruck, Turin or Madrid – after beating France and the Czech Republic in the round-robin stage.

In the absence of the resting Andy Murray, world number 12 Cameron Norrie has won both of his singles rubbers with Dan Evans, along with doubles players Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski, also putting points on the board.

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Those victories saw the team finish top of Group C, ensuring they would stay in Innsbruck to face the Germans in a tie played behind closed doors because of coronavirus restrictions in Austria.

It is a rematch of the 2019 quarter-finals when Britain won before losing to eventual champions Spain in the semi-finals.

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Staying in a mountainside hotel overlooking the Austrian city, where darts matches and other games are providing entertainment, has helped strengthen the bond.

“I couldn’t ask for anything more. They are a not just a nice bunch of people but everyone goes the extra mile.

“They do everything for us and do it with a smile on their face, everyone feels part of it.”

“I love the guys, it is not just the players and myself, the support team are absolutely brilliant,” said Smith.

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