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Summary

  1. Kyle Edmund beats Dusan Lajovic 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-5)
  2. Edmund's win gives GB unassailable 3-1 lead
  3. GB face Argentina at home in September
  4. Janko Tipsarevic beats James Ward in final rubber 6-2 3-6 7-5

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By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye Belgrade

  • Ancient amphitheatre/court
  • Serbian horn music
  • Rain
  • Rakes
  • GB supporters out in numbers
  • Andy Murray supporting
  • More rain
  • Excellent Edmund
  • Holders GB triumphant without their No.1

Thanks for joining us this weekend. Until the semis.

'Another chance to see Murray'

Jamie Baker

Former GB Davis Cup player on BBC One

Argentina will be tough but it'll be a great occasion again at home and another opportunity for the British public to see Andy Murray.

To have the opportunity to see Andy play at his best is so special because you don't know when another one like him will come along again. It could be another 100 years.

Davis Cup SF line-up

GB v Argentina

France v US/Croatia

Britain will be at home for their next Davis Cup tie. Edmund and Andy Murray together seems like a formidable combo.

Edmo Boss

Unbelievable effort @kyle8edmund!!! Closed that out like a boss 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼#BackTheBrits

Will GB make it six?

Davis Cup
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Since the introduction of the World Group in 1981 there have been six successful title defences by five different nations, Sweden twice (1984-85 and 1997-98), USA (1981-82), West Germany (1988-89), Spain (2008-09) and Czech Republic (2012-13).

France celebrate

This is how it felt for France to reach the Davis Cup semi-finals...

On continue !!!! 😉👊🏾🇫🇷🎾 #TeamFranceTennis #DavisCup

On continue !!!! 😉👊🏾🇫🇷🎾 #TeamFranceTennis #DavisCup

'The guys really stepped up'

Lajovic 3-6 4-6 6-7 (5-7) Edmund

Jamie Murray on BBC One: We didn't have Andy in the team, we were away from home, and playing on clay, but the guys really stepped up.

Dom got his first point yesterday and showed his quality and Kyle was awesome in his matches. I think the more established he becomes on the tour his ranking will move up, and there's great things ahead for him.

'Edmund can improve'

Lajovivc 3-6 4-6 6-7 (5-7) Edmund

Jamie Baker

Former GB Davis Cup player on BBC One

His forehand in terms of pace and what he can do with it is in the top five of the world but he can always improve his movement.

The slower clay surface helps him but his movement becomes a challenge on faster courts.

But what an example Andy Murray is. He was tall and skinny when he was younger but is now one of the best athletes in the sport.

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Thoughts?

'Very special wins for Kyle'

Lajovic 3-6 4-6 6-7 (5-7) Edmund

GB captain Leon Smith on BBC One: "I've seen Kyle develop so much over the years. He's getting better and better and physically he's so much stronger this year.

"His forehand is an unbelievable shot and the way he can pull the trigger makes it such a great weapon. 

"I am sure he will take a lot from going out and winning matches of this intensity.

"It's great for the team, they work so hard, are a close unit and for Kyle to win two rubbers, to get his first Davis Cup wins in the same weekend, is something very special indeed."

Edmund praises the GB supporters

Lajovic 3-6 4-6 6-7 (5-7) Edmund

More from Kyle Edmund, paying tribute to the #BackTheBrits supporters inside the Belgrade arena:

"These guys have been great. We're in Serbia but the British crowd has been loud out here. I felt so much support from the bench and when I'm playing."

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Jamie:@kyle8edmund - always been a good player; in this tie he's been a great one. What a performance!

Jo Mayhew: Nice one Kyle Edmund! Well done the Brits. #BackTheBrits

'You want to win for your country'

Lajovic 3-6 4-6 6-7 (5-7) Edmund

Kyle Edmund speaking to BBC Sport's Russell Fuller: "When you're out there you are so in the moment. You're trying to win every point. Lajovic missed the backhand down the line - when you see that you feel so happy.

"You want to win for your country. When you know that is at stake - I'm so pleased that I've won.

"When you play away, and the home player gains momentum the crowd bite into that. The crowd got louder and louder here. It was tough getting broken. 

"I thought my ball speed dropped a little but not a huge amount. I was feeling it at the end but so was he."

GB into semi-finals

Lajovic 3-6 4-6 6-7 (5-7) Edmund

Jamie Baker

Former GB Davis Cup player on BBC One

There was some tension and Kyle got a little bit tight when serving for the match but overall he was playing so well and to come through the test at the end, top marks.

He was rock-solid at the end there. He's never been in a situation like that before.

GB into semi-finals

Lajovic 3-6 4-6 6-7 (5-7) Edmund

John Lloyd

Former GB Davis Cup captain on BBC One

It was a gutsy performance and Kyle had faith in his game. He didn't pull back, he stood firm and withstood Lajovic's best games at the end.

That will mean so much that Kyle came through in that sort of pressure. What that could do for his career is amazing.

WATCH: Edmund and GB's winning moment ...

Edmund and Great Britain beat Serbia

Edmund takes GB into semis

Lajovic 3-6 4-6 6-7 (5-7) Edmund

Davis Cup captain Leon Smith: "I have seen Kyle develop a lot. We saw what he did to Goffin last year and this year he has been getting better and better. His backhand is now rock solid, the serve and the forehand is an unbelievable shot.

"I am sure he will take a lot from being able to win two five set matches under this pressure.

"It is great and testament to all the others, all the staff. Everyone works hard and have for a number of years.

"Hats off to Kyle. To get your first Davis Cup win is something, to get two in one weekend is something very special indeed."

Edmund the Magnificent

Lajovic 3-6 4-6 6-7 (5-7) Edmund

What an epic display from 21-year-old Kyle Edmund.

That was steely. Very steely. If his win over Janko Tipsarevic was an example of how he can dominate, this was a performance where he showed he had the will to bounce back from a  big setback.

He should have sealed the match at 5-4, but was broken, but then held his nerve in his next service game to take the match to a tie-break.

That, more so than the tie-break, was where he showed that this player in undoubtedly more mature beyond his 21 years.

Kyle Edmund celebrates victory
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GB into semi-finals

Lajovic 3-6 4-6 6-7 (5-7) Edmund

Jonathan Overend

BBC Sport tennis commentator

Under an extraordinary amount of pressure Kyle Edmund has really stepped up in the absence of Andy Murray.

It's the first time they have won a World Group match without their number one player.

What a talent he is and what an education it's been for him. He's found a way to win.

Game, set and victory over Serbia

Lajovic 3-6 4-6 6-7 (5-7) Edmund

4-3 - Edmo holds his next serve. He needs to break the Serb and break soon.

4-4 - Break back. Lazy from Lajovic. OK, maybe that's unfair. His backhand finds the net.

5-4 - Lajovic produces a great serve down the middle.

5-5 - Edmo goes long with a forehand from the back of the court. But he chooses right.

5-6 - Woah! Match point. A wayward backhand from Lajovic.

5-7 - HE'S DONE IT!!!!!!!!!! Lajovic goes wide again with a backhand.

What an incredible achievement by the 21-year-old from Beverley in Yorkshire.

GB are through to the Davis Cup semi-final with a 3-1 win over Serbia.

Kyle Edmund celebrates
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Tie-break

Lajovic 3-6 4-6 6-6 (4-2) Edmund*

Jamie Baker

Former GB Davis Cup player on BBC One

It seems that the balance has shifted. Lajovic now looks much more comfortable in the rallies and is having more of a say in points.

Tie-break latest

Lajovic 3-6 4-6 6-6 (4-2) Edmund*

Both men are charged for this.

1-0 - Lajovic holds just after being on the backfoot in the rally

1-1 - Edmo's wide serve is returned with too much by Lajovic

2-1 - Extra top on his forehand sees Edmo move ahead

2-2 - Lajovic on top in the point. Edmo fails to deal with the forehand down the line.

3-2 - Long rally finishes with Edmo finding the net. All going to serve.

4-2 - Mini-break as Edmo's backhand fails to creep over the net.

Tie-break

*Lajovic 3-6 4-6 6-6 Edmund

John Lloyd

Former GB Davis Cup captain on BBC One

What a gutsy effort from Kyle. He's not pushing up through his legs as much on the serve as he was and that's a sign of nerves. He's got to charge himself up and get this match over in the tie-break.

Tie-break

*Lajovic 3-6 4-6 6-6 Edmund

Jonathan Overend

BBC Sport tennis commentator

Well done to come through that game and save two set points.

Tie-break time

*Lajovic 3-6 4-6 6-6 Edmund

Lajovic seems like a player who's taken a swig of his favourite fizzy pop.

Edmund is hanging on after losing the first point and then playing an uncharacteristic long forehand.

He then fails to deal with a Lajovic return that lands on the baseline. Another break point - and set point for Lajovic.

Deuce. Just. Lajovic's forehand lands fractions wide.

He had the game in the grasp of his hands but double faults then sends a forehand wide. Set point again for Lajovic. All over?

Nooooo. Edmund saves. Then plays another beauty of a forehand. He can taste the tie-break. And takes a mouthful with a great second serve.

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Iain Robbo: Famous Edmunds - Noel, Dave, Blackadder & now Kyle.

Jiten Chandarana: Looks like the perfect decision from Andy Murray; rest up, don't change surface, skip the tie and GB still win.

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John Hynd: re 16:12, great performance from Edmund but at 21, Murray was 4th in world rankings, had won two Masters and reached GS final.

Jamie Baker

Former GB Davis Cup player on BBC One

The biggest difference has been that Lajovic is now on the front foot to Edmund's serves.

Lajovic 3-6 4-6 6-5 Edmund*

John Lloyd

Former GB Davis Cup captain on BBC One

This will be an important changeover. Leon Smith will need to reassure Kyle Edmund. Tell him that these things happen in matches but block the crowd out, keep doing what he's been doing and don't over-complicate things.

Lajovic 3-6 4-6 6-5 Edmund*

Rejuvenated. Does Lajovic smell fear?

He plays an exemplary service game. The Serbian support raise their voices, the Serbian horns sound more optimistic. A brighter future?

Will Edmund hold and take it to a tie-break? Captain Leon Smith is having a little chat with Edmo.

Leon Smith
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Lajovic 3-6 4-6 5-5 Edmund

Jonathan Overend

BBC Sport tennis commentator

That is just tension. The pressure of serving it out. You could almost see his arm shaking with expectancy. When that's sets in there's not much you can do about it.

Lajovic breaks back

*Lajovic 3-6 4-6 5-5 Edmund

0-15 - Lajovic backhand whip lands at the feet of Edmund

15-15 - Backhand return is wide from Lajovic

30-15 - Forehand o'clock. Edmund plays a variety of them to win the point

30-30 - Whipped forehand from Edmund clips the tape and sneaks out. Surely not signs of nerves?

30-40 - Backhand down the line from Lajovic. Break point for the Serb!

BROKEN!

The end is near?

Lajovic 3-6 4-6 4-5 Edmund*

The Serb wins his service game to love. Edmund gave him that, to be fair.

Ramos-Vinolas wins in Sweden

Some other tennis news for you:

Albert Ramos-Vinolas has won his first ATP World Tour singles title with a 6-3 6-4 victory over fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the Swedish Open final in Bastad.

He received the trophy from a certain Bjorn Borg.

And Slovakia's Martin Klizan hasclinched his second ATP World Tour title of the season with a straightforward 6-1 6-4 win against Pablo Cuevas in the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg.

Bjorn Borg presents the trophy
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One game away...

*Lajovic 3-6 4-6 3-5 Edmund

I do feel for Lajovic. He plays a great shot that Edmund picked up Murray-like.

Two Lajovic errors moves the score to 40-0.

Edmund tidies up with a serve that the Serb cannot deal with.

I wonder if you plonked Edmund in the Wimbledon final whether he would feel any pressure?

Doubt it.

Kyle Edmund serve
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Nul Points:@kyle8edmund playing the match of his life and rescuing the Kyle brand after years of morning telly.

Martin Ingram: Kyle Edmund. Like a boss.

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Nasir Minhas: Andy Murray who? Kyle Edmund has got this

Pottiella: Kyle showing hallmarks of top 20 player: clutch, composure, consistency. He's just carried this DC team like Andy did for decade.

Andy Murray
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Edmund breaks

Lajovic 3-6 4-6 3-4 Edmund*

Worth reminding ourselves that Kyle Edmund is only 21. Was Andy Murray this assured at that age?

Fist in the air from Edmo as Lajovic hits long after coming to the net - snatched and missed.

Two break points!

The first is saved after Edmund sends his return into orbit. Edmund then hits a slightly wayward double-handed backhand.

The Serb breathes again. But Edmo's punched volley at the net for another break point followed by a Lajovic error after he was sent out wide gives the Brit the advantage.

Huuuuuuge.

*Lajovic 3-6 4-6 3-3 Edmund

This set has a different flavour. There are fewer rallies. Both players are biding their time when to attack.

Edmund goes forehand, forehand, forehand before Lajovic counters with a deft sliced backhand at the net.

Lajovic pulls it back to 30-40 with a great deep forehand, but Edmund responds with his Joker card of a forehand.

Kyle Edmund forehand shot
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Lajovic 3-6 4-6 3-2 Edmund*

Jamie Baker

Former GB Davis Cup player on BBC One

I am always looking how players can win multiple points over and over again in these five set matches. 

Edmund is doing it with his forehand but I can't see with Lajovic where it is going to come from.