Mur­ray brothers give Bri­tain 2-1 lead against Ja­pan

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Andy and Jamie Mur­ray joined forces in the dou­bles to give Great Bri­tain a 2-1 lead in their Davis Cup first-round tie against Ja­pan in Birm­ing­ham. The Scot­tish brothers beat Yoshi­hito Nish­ioka and Ya­su­taka Uchiyama 6-3 6-2 6-4 to leave the hold­ers one win from a quar­ter-fi­nal place.

The Bri­tish brothers did not face a sin­gle break point as they saw off Nish­ioka and Uchiyama in one hour and 53 min­utes, tak­ing their Davis Cup record as a dou­bles team to 5-0. There was lit­tle ten­sion for the ma­jor­ity of the 9,000 crowd to en­dure as the home side over­came some solid early re­sis­tance to dom­i­nate. Both Ja­panese play­ers are ranked out­side the world's top 300 in dou­bles, in stark con­trast to the world num­ber two sin­gles and dou­bles play­ers across the net.

It was sin­gles star Andy Mur­ray who made the ini­tial break­through with a re­turn win­ner for a 5-3 lead and it was one-way traf­fic from then on. Two breaks of serve in the se­cond set left Ja­pan with a mighty task but they held their own in a tight third be­fore Bri­tain broke through at 44, Andy Mur­ray seal­ing vic­tory with an ace.

Andy Mur­ray: "We know each other's games ex­tremely well - so that helps. When the ball goes into a cer­tain part of the court I know what shot he will hit and vice-versa. My strengths and his strengths make a de­cent team. It was a good win." Jamie Mur­ray: "We played a great match from start to fin­ish. We were very solid. It wasn't easy be­cause they played some good shots and gave us some tricky mo­ments." -

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