Davis Cup: Andy Murray dominates Donald Young to put Britain 1-0 up
Andy Murray put Britain 1-0 up over the United States in a Davis Cup World Group first round tie in Glasgow on Friday with a confident 6-1, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win over Donald Young.
Glasgow: Andy Murray put Britain 1-0 up over the United States in a Davis Cup World Group first round tie in Glasgow on Friday with a confident 6-1, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win over Donald Young.
It was all too easy most of the way for the world number five who took the game by the scruff of the neck early on and gave few signs of faltering.
"It was pretty special to play in front of a packed arena here," he said of the reception he got in Glasgow.
"I was born here and it`s very special. I`m glad I managed to play a good match and get the win."
James Ward will look to make it 2-0 for the hosts later Friday when he takes on the top American player John Isner.
Two missed overhead smashes from Young handed Murray an early 2-0 lead and the Scot used that to assert his dominance, taking the first set 6-1 in just 21 minutes.
It was more of the same in the second as some outstanding returns from Murray kept Young under severe pressure and he dropped his serve to love on a nervy double fault to once again trail 0-2.
An animated US skipper Jim Courier strived to revive his player`s hopes at the turnaround, but Murray was proving far too good for the former world junior number one.
The Scot went two sets up in 46 minutes and a shell-shocked Young was left looking for answers to stem the onslaught.
The American finally won back-to-back serves at the start of the third set and stayed level with Murray to 4-4 with the home player`s form dipping.
Young then held serve to lead 5-4 and silenced the Scottish crowd by taking the third set on the back of a rash of unforced errors from Murray.
But it was back to business as usual for Murray early in the fourth set as he again upped his level to grab a vital break of serve in the third game.
He then finished the job off on the back of a second break of serve.
"I played an extremely high level of tennis in the first two sets and it was hard to keep that up, but I managed to play a good fourth set and turn it back in my favour," Murray said.