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Debutant Kyle Edmund eyes winning start for Britain

South African-born Kyle takes on Belgian No 1 David Goffin in opener

Ghent (Belgium): Kyle Edmund will make his Davis Cup debut for Britain today when he joins Andy Murray in trying to hand their country its first overall success in the tennis showpiece since 1936.

Britain's Dominic Inglot (left) and Kyle Edmund during a press conference ahead of the Davis Cup final in Ghent yesterday. Pic/AFP
Britain's Dominic Inglot (left) and Kyle Edmund during a press conference ahead of the Davis Cup final in Ghent yesterday. Pic/AFP

The 20-year-old South African-born player will become just the sixth man in the 115-year history of the competition to make his debut in the final when he plays the opening rubber in Ghent against Belgium's top player, David Goffin.

Murray, the World No 2 and the inspiration behind Britain's march into the Davis Cup final for the first time since 1978, will then take on lowly-ranked Ruben Bemelmans.

The 28-year-old Scot is set to once again team up with older brother Jamie in tomorrow's doubles against Steve Darcis and Kimmer Coppejans, and then go up against World No 16 Goffin in a potentially decisive match at the start of Sunday's reverse singles.

"This is definitely going to be the biggest crowd I've played in front of. Probably the biggest occasion," the world number 100 said. "But, yeah, this will definitely be louder, a lot more people watching. It a new experience for me. It's something I'm going to have to learn as I go through the match."

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