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Andy Murray Leads Great Britain Into Davis Cup Quarter-Finals (PICTURES)

03/02/2014 09:03 GMT | Updated 03/02/2014 09:59 GMT

Great Britain can look forward to their biggest Davis Cup match for more than a quarter of a century after Andy Murray clinched a memorable victory over the United States.

The Wimbledon champion defeated Sam Querrey 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (3/7) 6-1 6-3 on clay in San Diego to give Britain an unassailable 3-1 lead and a place in the quarter-finals for the first time since 1986.

Their reward is another away tie, this time against Italy, who are sure to choose clay for the clash in early April.

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Murray celebrates breaking serve in the fourth set en route to his victory

That will be another uphill task for Britain, with Italy boasting top-35 duo Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi.

The sides have met 15 times before, Italy winning 11 of them, while Britain's only victory on Italian soil came in 1926 in Rome.

Murray has stated his intention to take part in all the ties, fitness permitting, and playing on clay in April should suit him well given he will be building up to the European clay-court season.

He told the BBC: "It's good for me to play on the clay. Often going into the clay season I haven't played any matches on it for 11 months. It'll be a tough match."

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Murray extended his winning streak in Davis Cup singles matches to 17 by beating Querrey, but this tie is the first time he has played at the elite level of the competition.

The crucial victory came not from the Scot, though, but from world number 175 James Ward, who stunned Querrey in five sets on Friday.