Andy Murray has been named in Great Britain’s squad for the new-format Davis Cup in Madrid next month.

GB captain Leon Smith has named four of his five-man team, with Dan Evans, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski included alongside fit-again Andy Murray.

On Sunday, the former world No.1 claimed his first ATP Tour title for more than two-and-a-half years after beating Stan Wawrinka in the final of the European Open in Antwerp. It was only the sixth singles event the 32-year-old Scot has competed in since returning from the hip resurfacing operation he had in January.

Smith, who will name the team’s fifth player, set to be either Kyle Edmund or Cameron Norrie, in the coming weeks, said in a statement: “I’m delighted to name our first four players to represent GB for the Davis Cup Finals.

“Dan is playing some of the best tennis of his career and firmly deserves his place back inside the world’s Top 50.

“It’s been absolutely fantastic to see Andy back competing again, headlined by his incredible win in Antwerp yesterday.

“Jamie and Neal have been gaining much momentum as a team with impressive semi-final runs at Cincinnati, US Open, Beijing and Shanghai.

“We are in a good positions with improved strength and depth in our team and will be naming the fifth player in the next couple of weeks.

“We are looking forward to bringing our best tennis to the group phase.”

The new-format Davis Cup will have a round-robin stage before the group winners and the next two top teams advance to the knockout stages. The tournament takes place on the hard courts of La Caja Magica in Madrid from November 18-24.

The ties themselves will have two singles matches and one doubles, all of which will be best-of-three tie-break sets. Great Britain are in Group E with Holland and Kazakhstan, who they face on November 20 and 21 respectively.

For Andy Murray, selection for the Davis Cup further bolsters his optimism after his ATP victory in Antwerp – one of the most remarkable achievements of his career.

Murray defeated his old rival Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the final and the emotional moment came only nine months after Murray shed tears of a very different nature in Australia and admitted right hip problems could force him off court for good.

Instead, he underwent hip resurfacing surgery at the end of January and the operation, something no singles player had attempted to come back from, has been such a success he is now competing with and beating some of the best players in the world.

Murray returned to the singles court in August, winning his first match last month in China, and the pace of his improvement has taken everyone by surprise, not least the man himself.

He said in quotes reported by The Telegraph: “I need to now start talking more about my future and I am certainly a lot more optimistic now.

“When I spoke to my team before the trip to Asia, I was like, ‘What are the goals here?’ And I was like, ‘I just want to be competitive. I want to feel that when I am on the court I am not getting smashed by guys’.

“I wasn’t thinking, ‘I am going to win tournaments’ or ‘I am going to beat guys like Stan and [Matteo] Berrettini’. So this has come as a surprise to me and my team.”

On court, Murray declared this one of his biggest achievements, and no wonder.

The 32-year-old, whose ranking will climb more than 100 places to 127, is now expected to take a break until the Davis Cup finals next month while he waits for the birth of his third child.