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Summary

  1. Great Britain beat Japan 3-1 in Birmingham
  2. Andy Murray beats Kei Nishikori 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 6-3
  3. GB will play Serbia or Kazakhstan in July's quarter-final

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By Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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Well that was quite something, wasn't it? In terms of recovery, it's a good job we've got until July before the quarter-finals. That will be a date with Serbia or Kazakhstan. See you then.

More from Leon Smith: "He does that, I just try and help him and don’t stay something stupid. He is amazing. It is a privilege to sit there with him and we will remember that for a long time.

"Obviously it is great to be back together after Ghent last year. It is great to be back home and play in front of you guys. We said at the start that it would be difficult against Japan and they improved a lot over the last couple of years but we do have such a great team now, we have great team spirit and we fight on now."

Great Britain captain Leon Smith: "I am lost for words at this stage, he is a man of steel isn’t he?

"We have to pay lot of credit to Kei. He played a great match, one of the best of his life for sure.

"What Andy managed to do was astonishing since he hasn’t played since the Australian Open final."

Leon Smith and Andy Murray
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Andrew Castle

BBC Sport tennis commentator

"Unreal, from both players."

The winning moment...

Andy Murray wraps up epic match

More from Andy Murray: "Last year was incredible every time I played in the Davis Cup. This team did something special and I would like to do the same again this year. 

"Obviously the next match will be extremely tough and if we stick together and fight we have a chance.

"I'm looking forward to getting back. It's Kim's first Mother's Day, so it will be nice to get to see her this evening. I'll try to get back for bath time and to put her to sleep - the baby, not Kim."

Andy Murray celebrates
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Andy Murray, speaking to BBC Sport: "The crowd helped for sure. Physically I struggled a little at the end of the fifth set and a little in fourth. 

"I don’t know if he Dan Evans is relieved or not. It would have been a great chance for him. Thankfully I managed to get through I don’t think we will be playing the dead rubber. Everyone has probably seen enough tennis."

Andy Murray points upwards
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James Stevenson: Andy Murray once again proves why he's the greatest British sportsman of his generation. What a match! What a champion!

Murray is speaking on court and has mentioned going home to rest. I know how he feels.

Andy Murray applauds the crowd
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Andrew Castle

BBC Sport tennis commentator

"The new Dad, he thinks that is exhausting. So are these Davis Cup five-setters."

We await news from Belgrade, where Serbia are into a decider with Kazakhstan. Great Britain's defence of the Davis Cup will resume after Wimbledon.

Andrew Castle

BBC Sport tennis commentator

"Davis Cup, there is nothing like it. This is a very tired tennis champion."

Andy Murray celebrates his Davis Cup win
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Game, set and match Murray

Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 6-3 Nishikori

All over. The match and the tie is won by Great Britain, but that only tells half of the story. After almost five hours of court, Kei Nishikori goes long to give And Murray victory. He shakes hands with his team-mates, punches the air and soaks up the adulation of a roaring crowd. Incredible stuff.

Andy Murray wins
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*Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 5-3 Nishikori

And still Nishikori refuses to go away. Forehand winner off the return...

*Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 5-3 Nishikori

Murray steamrollers through. 30-0. The an epic, monstrous rally. One and on. It's taking days. Must be 40 shots, more. 50? Nishikori finally into the net. Three match points... 

Andrew Castle

BBC Sport tennis commentator

"Wonderful game. We have seen Nishikori play great matches, but we have got to know him over the last four hours."

Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 5-3 Nishikori*

Somehow, Nishikori digs deep to hold. Murray, though, has new balls for the match...

Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 5-2 Nishikori*

Nishikori, by the way, hasn't held serve for nearly an hour. A chance to do so here is blown with a wide forehand. On we go...

Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 5-2 Nishikori*

And another. Remarkable defence from the Japanese.

Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 5-2 Nishikori*

A brilliant second serve from Nishikori, so deep that Murray challenges, saves one...

Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 5-2 Nishikori*

Nishikori into the net! Two match points!

Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 5-2 Nishikori*

Some luck for Murray. A bounce off the top of the net leaves Nishikori with nowhere to go. Murray puts away with ease. 15-30...

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#bbctennis I would have happily exchanged a sunny day here in Florida for a seat at the #DavisCup in cold Brum to watch @andy_murray

Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 5-2 Nishikori*

Now then, listen to the roar. Kei Nishikori must serve to stay in the match. "One more game," chants the crowd. Here we go...

John Lloyd

Former Davis Cup finalist on BBC Two

"This is one of the best matches I have ever seen to be honest. I have seen some great matches but this is up there."

Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 5-2 Nishikori*

Finally, finally Murray serves it out. Great Britain are one game away from the last eight of the Davis Cup.

Andy Murray shows his frustration
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*Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 4-2 Nishikori

It's quite brilliant from Nishikori, who pulls out the most outrageous drop shot at the most crucial of moments. Murray bangs the Nishikori backhand - surely that's not wise? - but, when the change comes, the Japanese is out of court. Game point, what a horrible time for Murray to produce a double fault.

Andy Murray
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*Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 4-2 Nishikori

Where has Nishikori found this from? It's like he comes to life after being broken. 0-30, then engaging Murray in an epic rally. The Scot comes forward and gets away with it, then an unreturnable gets it back to 30-30. Wide from Nishikori gives Murray a huge slice of luck after a mis-hit. Game point...

Murray breaks

*Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 4-2 Nishikori

What. A. Shot. Stand and deliver. Murray unloads on the return, down the line, Nishikori with no chance. Birmingham roars once more, Leon Smith puts a fist in the air. Surely now...

Leon Smith
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John Lloyd

Former Davis Cup finalist on BBC Two

"You are not going to find many better matches than this in the whole year, I guarantee you that."

Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 3-2 Nishikori*

The time? Nishikori wayward with a backhand. Another break point...

Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 3-2 Nishikori*

The tide has turned, but Murray just manages to cling on. Nishikori has the chance to put it away, but is long. On we go...

Kei Nishikori with a backhand
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John Lloyd

Former Davis Cup finalist on BBC Two

"That is incredible. Murray was in charge the whole rally."

Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 3-2 Nishikori*

And another! It's incredible. Murray was in charge - why didn't he get into the net? When Nishikori had the chance to free his arms through a backhand, Murray was rooted to the spot.

Andy Murray reacts
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Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 3-2 Nishikori*

It's incredible, it really is. These guys are wanting to do as little running as possible, so are dropping bombs. Nishikori saves one.

Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 3-2 Nishikori*

In case you're wondering, there will be a tie-break at the end of this set if we need it. Serving almost a hindrance now. Murray's legs get him to 0-30, while a wide Nishikori brings two more break points...  

Andy Murray reacts
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Andrew Castle

BBC Sport tennis commentator

"A future world number one? It is not hard to imagine that when Nishikori is playing like this."

Nishikori breaks

Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 3-2 Nishikori*

What more has this match got to throw at us? It's brilliant from Nishikori, who forces Murray top go long. This match twists and turns like a twisty-turny thing. Leon Smith has his head in his hand.

*Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 3-1 Nishikori

Great Britain fan
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Ace! Murray saves one.

*Murray 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 4-6 3-1 Nishikori

Murray goes to the well one more time, asking his serve to get him through. Leon Smith stands to applaud, but Nishikori isn't done yet. A thumping forehand has Murray flat-footed and brings two break points.