Murray gets Britain on track in Davis Cup
Andy Murray bounced back from his Wimbledon disappointment on Friday to help Great Britain grab a share of the spoils in the opening singles of their Davis Cup clash with Luxembourg.
Glasgow: Andy Murray bounced back from his Wimbledon disappointment on Friday to help Great Britain grab a share of the spoils in the opening singles of their Davis Cup clash with Luxembourg.
World number four Murray, beaten in the semifinals at Wimbledon by Rafael Nadal a week ago, barely broke sweat as he crushed lowly ranked Laurent Bram 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 to level the match at 1-1.
Bram, a 27-year-old club professional, does not have a current world ranking, weighing in at 996th in his most recent appearance in 2006.
But Murray showed no mercy to his hopelessly outclassed opponent, wrapping up a rare triple bagel win in only 52 minutes to square the tie after James Ward had lost to Gilles Muller in the opening rubber.
"It was good fun, it`s nice to be back in Scotland. I`ve not been back for about 18 months and I need to make more of a habit of it. The support I`ve had here has been so nice," Murray said.
"You want to try and win as quickly as you can. (Bram) doesn`t play many tournaments any more so maybe it was tough for him," added Murray, who will partner brother Jamie in Saturday`s doubles.
Murray`s win gives Britain a good chance of scoring the victory they need this weekend to progress from their Europe/Africa Zone Group II encounter into a promotion play-off.
Earlier Ward had started slowly before being downed by Muller 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) 6-1 in the opening rubber.
Ward, a semifinalist at Queens last month, suffered a crucial early break in the opening set from which he never recovered.
Ward then missed a set point to level the rubber before being overwhelmed in the third set.