Andy Murray in action for Great Britain
Andy Murray in action for Great BritainGetty Images

Great Britain will look to secure a quarter-final place and World Group status in 2017 with victory over Japan on the final day of competition in Birmingham. Once again, they will be relying on world number two Andy Murray to help get them across the winning line at the Barclaycard Arena.

Where to watch

Coverage of the third and final day of the Davis Cup tie gets under-way on BBC One from 1pm.

Preview

Despite being inactive since losing the Australian Open final in Melbourne in January, Murray eased to victory in his first singles match of the tie on Friday, beating the little-known Taro Daniel 6-1 6-3 6-1. The grand slam-winning Scot admitted afterwards that he felt a little tired at certain stages through that match, but having subsequently won the doubles tie alongside his brother Jamie, he ought to be in good condition to face Japan's best player.

Murray revealed on Friday (4 March) that he was satisfied with his return to the court, even though he admitted he may be required to up his game against Kei Nishikori, the world number six. "I hadn't played for a while, but I thought I did a lot of things well. You know, I made a few bad decisions out there, concentration could have been a bit better at times. But for a first match in that sort of atmosphere against a guy who makes a lot of balls, it was okay," he said after his first singles match.

"It's always difficult to know [where your game is at]," he also said. "I mean, I was hitting the ball cleanly, I wasn't mishitting it. Maybe your concentration and intensity is a little bit better against the better players because you know it has to be. I was comfortable with the way I was hitting the ball, I served well. I moved pretty good. I don't know if I will have to play better on Sunday or not. We'll just have to wait and see."

Unlike Murray, Nishikori opted to miss the doubles match on Saturday afternoon, thereby giving added significance to his much-anticipated clash against the Scot. Nishikori has only beaten Murray on one previous occasion, but may be hoping to take advantage of his lack of court time of late.

"Obviously it's going to be a tough match against Andy," he conceded. "I've played many times against him and I've only won once. Also, I've seen him play well here, so it's going to be a tough one. But I'm playing good tennis. I need to be more patient but at the same time, I need to be aggressive to beat Andy."

Previous meetings

Andy Murray v Kei Nishikori 5-1

Pre-tie betting odds

  • Great Britain: 2/9
  • Japan: 3/1