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Murray beats Simon to put Britain in Davis Cup semifinals

LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray came from a set down to beat France’s Gilles Simon 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 on Sunday and put Britain into the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time in 34 years.

Murray, who won his opening singles on Friday and then teamed up with his brother Jamie to win Saturday’s doubles, gave Britain an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five series on grass at the Queen’s Club. The final scheduled match between James Ward and France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was not played.

Britain’s first World Group semifinal since 1981 will be at home against Australia on Sept. 18-20.

“The whole weekend has been fantastic,” Murray said. “This team has done amazing things. We’re punching above our weight here. We’re in the semifinals now of the biggest competition in tennis.

“I’m just proud to get here and hopefully we can do well against Australia in September.”

Murray wrapped up victory when a Simon backhand flew wide and the Scot could hardly hold back the tears as he leapt about the court with the Union Jack flag in hand, before embracing team captain Leon Smith.

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