Colin Fleming sets sights on Davis Cup World Group

British doubles pairing Ross Hutchins and Colin Fleming
Fleming (right) and Hutchins reached the last four at the US Open

Colin Fleming wants Britain to use their upcoming Davis Cup tie as a springboard for further promotion to the competition's World Group.

The Scot, who will feature alongside doubles partner Ross Hutchins, was speaking ahead of the weekend's tie against Hungary at Braehead Arena.

The winners will be promoted to Europe/Africa Group I.

"It's a huge match, it's possibly the biggest Davis Cup tie I've played in," Fleming told BBC Scotland.

"I've played in, I think, four before, but we're playing for promotion back into Group I."

Fleming and Hutchins have had a great season, reaching the semi-finals at the US Open and the last eight at Wimbledon.

And that form, allied to the return of world number four Andy Murray to the team, has raised expectation levels.

"There's a real excitement about the team at the moment," explained the 27-year-old from Linlithgow.

"With Andy being back in the set-up and keen to play ties it gives us a chance to go further than just getting promoted.

"He will go into a tie probably being favourite to win two rubbers, apart from maybe against Serbia or Spain, but even then he has the potential to win two matches.

"And James Ward's been doing well recently, so maybe he can win a tie, and Ross and I have shown good form and we've got Jamie Murray as well, so we've got good strength.

"We're confident we can win three rubbers and maybe go into the World Group hopefully in the next few years.

"That would be a real success for GB."

His doubles partner Ross Hutchins echoed Fleming's assessment of the British chances against Hungary.

"I think we've got a fantastic team now," he said.

"Andy Murray's a fantastic tennis player, our number two is James Ward who's got his ranking up close to 100 and Colin and I have improved a lot recently.

"We've ironed out some of our weaknesses, improved some of our strengths and as a team we feel confident together."

Fleming was also excited about taking to the court in front of what he hopes is a partisan Glasgow crowd.

"At the level I've reached now there are no professional tournaments in Scotland, so I can't wait to get out on the court and have the home Scottish support," he enthused.

"We have great support when we play down in London but it will be something special for me walking out on the court in Scotland."

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