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2005 Mar 06 - Davis Cup: Britain defeat Israel

Great Britain wrapped up the Davis Cup tie against Israel in the forth rubber with a Greg Rusedski straight sets win over Noam Okun (6-3 6-4 6-2) to lead 3-1 with only one rubber remaining.

David Sherwood was selected for the final rubber and despite an impressive display was defeated in straight sets 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 6-3. But this result was immaterial as Great Britain still win the tie 3-2.

Greg was proud of the squad and what they had achieved in Tel Aviv. He told BBC Sport:

"This is one of my proudest moments playing Davis Cup and it's really positive for the future the way Andy (Murray) and David played (winning the doubles rubber yesterday).

"I wanted to finish this off in the first match today and we're really thrilled.

"We've got a young team here. I thought it was spectacular yesterday the way Andrew and David came through to give us the point."

Speaking of his match against Noam Okun today, Greg added:

"It was pretty comfortable. I think it's being mentally strong.

"This is the Davis Cup and I'm expected to win easily, and if I hold my serve I'm not going to lose."

Jeremy Bates (Great Britain captain) deserves credit for his brave squad selection and producing a winning formula against far more experienced opponents. He told BBC Sport:

"It means everything to me and the team. It's a wonderful day for British tennis.

"Greg has led Friday and today, it was an unbelievable performance. There was so much pressure on him.

"The way he finished that match was terrific."

Great Britain will now take part in a World Group qualification match in September - the prize for the winner is a place in the Elite 16 World Group.

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