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Andy Murray Wins The Davis Cup For Britain

Murray beat Belgium's David Goffin to take the cup home for Britain for the first time in 79 years.

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Murray beat Belgium's David Goffin 6-3 7-5 6-3, allowing the British team to walk away from the tournament in Ghent with a victorious 3-1 lead.

The final match of the best-of-five series will therefore not need to be played.

A series of triumphs including Murray and brother Jamie's winning doubles match against Goffin and Steve Darcis on Saturday, and his prior singles win on Friday, meant Murray entered today's match in the lead.

The annual knockout tournament, run by International Tennis Federation, is considered to be the most important international event in men's tennis.

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"Perhaps now we can give Andy Murray the credit and plaudits he deserves," sports pundit Gary Lineker tweeted.

Britain wins the Davis Cup for the first time in almost 80 years. Perhaps now we can give @andy_murray the credit and plaudits he deserves.

Today's victory marked the 10th time the Davis Cup has been won by Britain, an accolade last achieved by Fred Perry in 1936.

Britain has not reached the final of the tournament since 1978.

Murray himself marked his 500th match win earlier this year at the Miami Open.

2015 also saw Murray narrowly miss out on winning the Australian Open, taking second place to Novak Djokovic.

Murray's victory was met with much admiration on Twitter.

Tennis history made! @andy_murray is a superstar. #DavisCupFinal

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Congratulations to @andy_murray and @jamie_murray and all the team on the Davis Cup victory.

Davis cup. Whoop whoop. Loved @andy_murray reaction. What a man. @BBCSport Are you crying @judmoo !

Lord Sugar said that the tennis champion deserved a knighthood.

Well done @andy_murray I am suggesting to the PM to award you with a Knighthood #sirandy

BOOM! Britain wins #DavisCup for 1st time in 79 years. Brilliant, yet again, by @andy_murray - a truly great Briton.

Leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon even suggested that St Andrew's Day, celebrated on 30 November in Scotland, be renamed "St Andy's Day".

Think we should rename tomorrow St Andy's Day

Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Laura Silver at laura.silver@buzzfeed.com.

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