Murray gets Britain on track in Davis Cup
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Last Updated: Saturday, July 09, 2011, 09:21
  
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.

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First Published: Saturday, July 09, 2011, 09:21


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