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Salisbury backs GB to step out of Murray’s shadow for Davis Cup glory

Ritain’s Davis Cup team can step out of Andy Murray’s shadow and fight for Davis Cup glory, according to doubles specialist Joe Salisbury.

The British team launched their ambitions in Innsbruck against France on Saturday without their long-standing talisman.

Murray had already declared himself out of action and, as the fifth Briton in the world rankings, said he did not deserve to be selected.

And Salisbury, who will make his Davis Cup debut this weekend, told Standard Spot: “In the past all the guys played a big part in the team, but it was like Andy carrying the team and having to do well for the team to do well.

“Even without Andy playing it looks like a strong team – there isn’t a single person who can’t step up and do well.”

Wimbledon-based Salisbury lead the team’s double ambitions with Neal Skupski while Cameron Norrie spearheads the team in singles ahead of Dan Evans and Liam Broady.

“They are a really strong team,” said Salisbury. “I think everyone here, all the players have had the best year of their careers. Everyone is in good shape, confident, and we think we can have a good race here.

Salisbury has won three Grand Slam titles this year while Norrie rose to the top 10 in the world after winning the prestigious Indian Wells title. Additionally, Dan Evans won his first ATP Tour title while Liam Broady won his first ATP Challenger title at the end of September.

“It’s no coincidence that a lot of players have done well this year and after other successes,” he said. “You took Emma Raducanu’s victory in the United States and, shortly thereafter, Cam won Indian Wells and Liam won the challenger event.

“We won in the United States at the same time as Emma and some of the younger ones won tournaments eventually. It’s no coincidence these titles motivate and inspire everyone.

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