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Great Britain's Leon Smith: 'Preparation was key to us winning Davis Cup'

Great Britain's Davis Cup captain Leon Smith says that preparation was key to the team winning their first title for 79 years.

Great Britain's Davis Cup captain Leon Smith has claimed that preparation was vital to the team lifting the trophy in Belgium at the weekend.

Andy Murray helped Britain claim their first Davis Cup title in 79 years by beating David Goffin in straight sets on the clay surface in Ghent on Sunday.

Kyle Edmund, who was beaten by Goffin in the opening rubber, was also part of the team, alongside Jamie Murray, James Ward and Dom Inglot.

While discussing the win on BBC Radio Five Live, Smith said: "The main thing that I tried to instil in the team was being as prepared as possible, and that comes in many guises - it's about the training, the scouting of opposition which then leads to having clear game plans and tactics.

"Someone like Andy is able to figure things out and react to any situation he's in, it's really incredible to watch. The whole journey in tennis is a lonely one, although they have coaches and physios on the road, it is down to them, they're playing for themselves.

"Andy has always enjoyed team competition, it's something he really enjoys because you're playing for the team, the country, and it really is a different feeling."

Murray won all of his 11 Davis Cup matches over the course of a year.

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Captain of Great Britain Leon Smith celebrates after the win between Jamie Murray and Andy Murray of Great Britain against Nicolas Mahut and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during Day Two of the World Group Quarter Final Davis Cup match between Great Britain
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