sport news Great Britain tops its group at the Davis Cup, booking quarter-final spot

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No Andy, no problem! Jamie Murray and impressive debutant Neal Skupski help Great Britain top its group at the Davis Cup  Great Britain has progressed to the quarter-final stage of the Davis Cup Jamie Murray and debutant Neal Skupski impressed in their doubles match Andy Murray had to watch from the sidelines after being rested by Leon Smith 

By Mike Dickson for the Daily Mail

Published: 18:25 GMT, 21 November 2019 | Updated: 18:25 GMT, 21 November 2019

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Despite the absence of Andy Murray, GB has fought its way through to a quarter final at this self-styled 'World Cup of Tennis.' It is not football, but the whole thing has a certain ring to it, as this evolving new version of the Davis Cup moves towards its climax.

The start time has been moved forward by 30 minutes, trying to ensure that there is no repeat of Thursday's 4.04am finish to the tie involving the USA and , the second latest finish ever recorded in the sport.

Great Britain got through by topping their group with a 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan clinched by Jamie Murray and impressive debutant Neal Skupski in the deciding doubles.

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski handed Great Britain a quarter-final spot at the Davis Cup

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski handed Great Britain a quarter-final spot at the Davis Cup

Andy Murray had been present courtside after being rested for the tie by captain Leon Smith

Andy Murray had been present courtside after being rested for the tie by captain Leon Smith

The country's most decorated player sat it out after looking heavy legged in his win over an unfancied Dutchman on Wednesday. Kyle Edmund came in to score the winning singles point as Murray looked on from courtside, a little subdued.

British Captain Leon Smith hinted last night that the albeit rusty 32 year-old Scot would be restored today, and it is surely tempting after Dan Evans went down to his second defeat of the week.

'It's important after

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