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Summary

  1. GB beat France in Davis Cup quarter-final at Queen's
  2. Andy Murray beats Gilles Simon 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-0
  3. Win gives GB 3-1 lead (last rubber cancelled)
  4. GB last in semi-finals in 1981
  5. GB have home semi-final v Australia in September

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Tennis coming home?

Davis Cup
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Two matches away from needing a bigger table to support this chunk of silverware.

A crack at the Aussies in a semi-final in front of a home crowd in September?

Yep, thought you would like a bit of that.

Mark your card and see you back here then.

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Patrick Jack: "Should Andy Murray reach US Open final (who'd bet against it?), he will only have 5 days recovery before #DavisCup semi-final."

Hoachy Quinn: Well done @andy_murray what an effort, Dunblane 3 France 1. If Dunblane declared independence they could win the Davis Cup

Carol Reay: One word @andy_murray Awesome

GB into Davis Cup semi-finals

I presume you had already twigged but James Ward and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are not going to bat around a dead rubber in front of a Queen's Club crowd with celebratory drinks to sink.

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John Stephenson: "Come on Mr Cameron - it's got to be "Sir Andy" next honours! Awesome inspiration from a Man of Steel."

Peter Fleming

Seven-time Grand Slam doubles winner on BBC TV

"Sometimes a talismanic figure can raise the rest of the group to heights they have never reached before and that is what has happened this weekend."

Andrew Castle

BBC tennis commentator

"I've been around this game for more years than I care to remember..this win papers over one or two cracks at the top of our game but right now is a moment for basking in the sunshine. Let's hope it radiates from here and there are kids watching now saying 'I want a piece of that.' To knock the French out is a superb sporting achievement."

GB into Davis Cup semi-finals

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Great's Britain last Davis Cup semi-final was 1981.

Their last final was 1978.

The last time they won the whole bally thing was in 1936.

It is history all the way from here on in.

GB into Davis Cup semi-finals

Andrew Castle

BBC tennis commentator

"I don't whether he loves winning or hates losing, he finds an inner strength, some of it you are born with, some of it you train into you. He just simply refuses to lose. This will go down in the history books as a four-set win but that tells you nothing.

"I am so glad he has committed everything to the Davis Cup cause like he has now. He really is a star player."

GB into Davis Cup semi-finals

Player reaction

Andy Murray
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Great Britain Davis Cup player Andy Murray on BBC TV: "It has been a long road back from where we are and a lot of players have contributed. I'm proud to be in this position and hope we can do well in September.

"Australia came back from 2-0 down. It should be a great match. They have some top young players but some experienced ones like Hewitt too. It will be a fun one and hopefully it will be a great atmosphere and we can put on another top performance. Celebrations? I would think so! Everyone in the team deserves it. We will have a good time tonight!"

GB into Davis Cup semi-finals

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Queen's Club

"Let us not be accused of allowing the dust to settle - let's talk semi-final venues.

"They need to have a capacity of at least 8,000 and submissions must be with the International Tennis Federation by "early August", although extensions are not unheard of. The Emirates Arena in Glasgow, which hosted the first round-win over the United States, held 7,700 for that tie.

"Wimbledon's number one court has been a Davis Cup venue in the recent past, but the slow hard courts used in Glasgow might be just the thing to nullify the power of Nick Kyrgios and the grass-court guile of Lleyton Hewitt. They could just as easily be laid in Birmingham, London, anywhere with a sizeable arena."

GB into Davis Cup semi-finals

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-0 Simon

Andrew Castle

BBC tennis commentator

"Right now is a moment for basking in the sunshine and let's hope there are some kids out there who are saying they want to be a part of this."

Next...

Is it greedy to look ahead already with Great Britain still bouncing on court in celebration of one of their great victories?

Probably. Is that going to stop us? Nope.

Australia. 18-20 September. At home.

Let's hope it goes better than the cricket.

Player reaction

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-0 Simon

Great Britain Davis Cup player Andy Murray on BBC TV after their victory over France: "It feels unbelievable to get through. I used up my last ounces of energy. I'll have a little holiday now, get a few days away and I'm looking forward to that.

"I just tried to change tactics, I was making too many mistakes. I didn't care how I played, I just wanted to win the match today and that's what I did.

"The whole weekend been fantastic, this team has done amazing things. We are punching above our weight and now in the semi-finals of the biggest team competition in tennis."

Player reaction

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-0 Simon

Andy Murray
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Andy Murray finally clambers his way to his on-court interview.

He admits it was "not looking good in the second set" but says he used up "every ounce of energy" to haul in the victory.

He reveals that he is off on holiday tomorrow and is looking forward to it. That is probably an understatement.

He pays tribute to brother Jamie's work in the doubles yesterday, to James Ward's heroics in previous rounds and all the players past and present that have worked hard to put GB in this position.

And on the possibility of some heavy celebrations? "I would think so. Everyone in this team deserves it."

Full quotes to come.

Murray on facing Australia in last four

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-0 Simon

Andy Murray on BBC TV: "Australia have some top young players and Hewitt who has a lot of experience. They have depth like France but maybe not as much experience. It will be fun and hopefully there'll be another good atmosphere."

'What an effort!'

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-0 Simon

Great Britain Davis Cup team coach Leon Smith on BBC TV: "What an effort. The team have done an amazing job, a big thank you to all of you guys. In terms of how it feels, it's been a long journey from when we played Turkey at Eastbourne.

"What he put his body and mind through was amazing,. That second set was brutal and it was an incredible effort. I'm trying to buy him as much time as possible so he can speak!"

We look forward to seeing you at the @DavisCup semi-final in September! See you soon @TennisAustralia! #BackTheBrits

We look forward to seeing you at the @DavisCup semi-final in September! See you soon @TennisAustralia! #BackTheBrits

GB into Davis Cup semi-finals

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-0 Simon

Andrew Castle

BBC tennis commentator

"A phenomenal effort from Andy Murray. Superb. This was a contest both of these players will remember. Fabulous from Simon too, he was a set and a break up don't forget, yet it was a quietish end in a way.

"We wondered about the physical and mental reserves Andy Murray would have and this is a famous British sporting victory."

GB into Davis Cup semi-finals

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-0 Simon

Andy Murray is just done in. Empty. Void. Spent.

He is emotionally and physically in bits as he slumps on his courtside chair, the toll of three matches in as many days catching up with him with the weight of a grand piano flying out of the top floor window.

Great Britain are into the semi-finals for the first time since 1981. And hopefully that fact makes it all worth it...

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Audrey O'Rourke: "Considering @andy_murray played yesterday in the doubles and now today what an inspiration to sport. He's bloody fantastic."

Mikey Morris: "The England cricket team could learn a thing or two from Andy Murray."

Tim Symes: "Not the way a great match should finish. But we'll take it."

GB into Davis Cup semi-finals

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-0 Simon

Miles Maclagan

Former coach to Andy Murray and Laura Robson on BBC Radio 5 live

"What an heroic effort from Murray. He had to find something special, but should we ever have doubted him? And doubted that he could find a way to win? It was a remarkable display."

GB beat France to make Davis Cup semis

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-0 Simon

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Gilles Simon plants his backhand wide.

A sympathetic Andy Murray slaps his injured foe on the back at the net and then heads down the line of Great Britain team-mates and staff to exchange embraces.

Then he bounces out onto court with the Union Jack to celebrate with the fans before collapsing back on his courtside bench in exhaustion.

Fourth match point GB

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 5-0 Simon*

Another serve cleaves down the middle of the T to hold off Britain and save a third match point.

But a brilliant backhand pass from Murray bring up a fourth...

Third match point GB

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 5-0 Simon*

Gilles Simon keeps the British fans in their seats as he saves the two break points - the second with a canny serve down the middle.

The end is still nigh though.

Another match point from deuce....

Match points GB

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 5-0 Simon*

A terrific little drop-shot checks right and out of reach of the fading Simon for 0-15.

The Frenchman crashes into the net for 0-30.

A point nibbled back by Simon with a bold, bordering on reckless, plunge to the net.

But another forehand long and Murray and Great Britain have two match points.

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 5-0 Simon*

Andy Murray is making mincemeat of this fourth set.

A hold to love as he moves to within a game of victory with just 25 minutes on the fourth-set clock.

Simon is a beaten man. I'm not sure what odds you can get on a French win, but whatever they are they are too skinny.

Magnificent' Murray lob wins third set

Video highlights

Andy Murray
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How did a tired Andy Murray turn this match around? With shots like this "inch-perfect" top-spin lob, that's how.

Watch how Britain's finest won the third set.

Andrew Castle

BBC tennis commentator

"It would appear that James Ward and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga can stand down."

Murray breaks

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Good news for a Brit

Gilles Simon saves the first break point, but nets a simple volleyed put-away on the second.

This has a whiff of surrender about it. The Frenchman's body is giving out and the mind does not look ready to argue otherwise.

Break points GB

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 3-0 Simon*

Gilles Simon is slow getting back to the baseline.

The Frenchman was busy taking some anti-inflammatories when the umpire called time and incurred a code violation as he finished necking the pills before trotting back to get his serve on.

Andy Murray is ready and waiting to pounce when he does arrive, pounding groundstrokes and drawing errors to set up 0-40 and three break points.

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Jim B: "The wrong footwear or dangerous court conditions? Don't remember as many slips & falls during Queens."

Dan Shipway: "That break of serve should finish him off now...home straight now for @andy_murray."

Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 3-0 Simon*

A textbook service game from Andy Murray as he whisks off a hold to love. It was a very canny bit of play, swatting big groundstrokes and forcing Simon to test his creaking joints with several changes of direction.

Peter Fleming

Seven-time Grand Slam doubles winner on BBC TV

Andy Murray
EPA

"Murray has had time to collect himself and focus on what he needs to do immediately - quick hold, another break and cruise home. That is the game plan."

*Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 2-0 Simon

Gilles Simon is continuing. He walks back to the baseline and looks like he has recovered quite well from that latest tumble.

Andy Murray - four service holds away from sealing this tie and a Davis Cup semi-final slot for GB - has the balls up his end of the court.

Medical time-out for France

*Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 2-0 Simon

Gilles Simon, wincing and grimacing, is having an extra three minutes medical work on his battered body.

It is not his knee this time. Instead his ankle was jarred as he slipped on the shiny court surface.

Sock off. Physio's thumbs applied to the sole of the Frenchman's foot and around the ankle joint.

Peter Fleming

Seven-time Grand Slam doubles winner on BBC TV

"I think he will be able to walk it off but right now he isn't feeling too good."

Murray breaks

*Murray 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 2-0 Simon

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Andy Murray snatches a potentially decisive break in the fourth set.

You would expect the crowd to go ripe bananas, but the manner of it, Simon slipping into a heap and Murray patting a forehand into the unguarded open court, steals the Scot's thunder.

Simon limps to the courtside bench to get treatment.