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Great Britain name team for Davis Cup final against Belgium

Great Britain name their five-man squad for the Davis Cup final against Belgium, with James Ward and Kyle Edmund set to battle it out for the second singles spot.

Leon Smith has named his five-man Great Britain squad for the Davis Cup final against Belgium later this month, with James Ward and Kyle Edmund set to battle it out for the second singles spot behind Andy Murray.

Murray, ranked second in the world, will lead the team as they bid to end a 79-year wait to win the competition in Ghent next weekend.

Dan Evans was Murray's number two in the semi-final win over Australia, but Ward and Edmund have moved ahead of him in the pecking order, while Murray's brother Jamie and Dominic Inglot are the doubles specialists.

"Andy has led from the front throughout this campaign, showing time and again what it means to him to pull on the GB jersey," Smith told the LTA's website. "He shows determination, commitment and passion that inspires the other British players on the bench and our fantastic fans in the stands.

"The team has had some incredible results this year, and we know that off the back of defeating the three other Grand Slam nations we carry great momentum going into the final. However, we will not underestimate the challenge in front of us.

"The Belgian team is full of top-100 talent and they will push us all the way."

Murray is playing on a hard court in the ATP World Tour Finals in London this week, but has prioritised the Davis Cup by spending most of his recent practice time training on clay.

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Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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